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The Ministry of foreign Affairs has responded to claims by Tokyo because of the defense activities on the Kuril Islands

Moscow rejects Tokyo's claims in relation to defence activities in the Kuril Islands, is a territory of Russia, said the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

"We are surprised, of course, that the relevant provisions of the document not only completely detached from reality, but just riddled with mistrust, suspicion of the course of action our country that focus exclusively on effective national security in conditions of tense political and military situation in the Asia Pacific region", - said Zakharov on the briefing.

Experts assessed the situation with the South Kuril Islands after the constitutional changes

Japan intends to continue attempts to obtain from Russia the southern Kuril Islands, despite amendments to the Russian Constitution and laws that do not allow the exclusion of part of the territory of the state, although for Tokyo to do it will be more difficult, said RIA questioned Japanese officials and experts.

As previously reported, in Russia prepared for consideration by the state Duma amendments to the administrative code, criminal code and criminal procedure code with sanctions for appeals and exclusion areas that have attracted attention from Japan, which is seeking the transfer of the South Kuril Islands, which the Japanese call the "Northern territories".

The expert estimated the future joint projects of Russia and Japan on the Kuril Islands

A prominent Japanese expert on Russian-Japanese relations Yukio Asazuma not rule out that Russia and Japan will stop joint economic activities on southern Kuriles against the background of amendments to the Russian legislation for territorial integrity.

"The opportunity to continue negotiations on the territorial issue, the two countries remains", - said the expert, who is a knight of the order "Friendship of Peoples", consultant on Russian-Japanese cooperation.

The foreign Ministry commented on the issue of concluding a peace Treaty with Japan

Russia did not agree with Japan on concluding a peace Treaty after resolving the territorial issue, said Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

As the Minister said, the basis of everything that should determine the future relations between Russia and Japan lies the problem the outcome of the Second world war.

The expert assessed the draft law on the alienation of the territories

The law equating the alienation of territory to extremism that will end the speculation on the status of Crimea, said the Deputy Chairman of the Public chamber of the Crimea, the Crimean political scientist Alexander Formanchuk.

Earlier, the head of the Duma Committee on legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov, the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation Andrey Klishas introduced in the state Duma the project of equating alienation of territories of the Russian Federation to extremist activities. The project was based on the adoption of the amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. Chairman of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has sent the draft to the state Duma Committee for security and combating corruption. He also said that in the first reading the bill can be considered on July 14.

The Governor of Hokkaido has urged to intensify the dialogue of the southern Kuril Islands

The Governor of the Northern Japanese Prefecture of Hokkaido Naomichi Suzuki, commenting on the past in Russia voting on amendments to the Constitution, expressed confidence that the negotiations with Moscow "to resolve territorial problems, will continue" based on the results of the summit of leaders of the two countries, and called for renewed dialogue.

Among the adopted amendments to the Constitution amendment to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation. Under the amendment, "the actions directed on alienation of the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as calls for such actions are not allowed."

"Closed": Pushkov appreciated the importance of the amendments in the situation with the Kurils

Amending the Constitution means the final decision of the question of the Kuril Islands, the Senator said Alexei Pushkov in an interview to "Politekspert".

One accepted the day before during the public voting on the amendments States that the attempts of alienation of areas of the country are invalid.

MFA: the amendment will have no impact on the activity with Japan on the Kuril Islands

Adoption of amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation do not affect the joint economic activity with Japan on the Kuril Islands, said Deputy foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.

A nationwide vote on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation was scheduled for 22 April, but then postponed due to the difficult epidemiological situation in the country. Later, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the vote will take place on 1 July. To participate in distance voting were residents of the two pilot regions - Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod region. It was held from 25 to 30 June.

Russia does not negotiate with Japan on the ownership of the Kuril Islands

Russia is discussing with Japan the possibility of concluding a peace Treaty, the territorial belonging of the Kuril Islands is not even considered, is the territory of Russia, said the head of the international Committee of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev to journalists.

Media representatives in an interview with a Senator in the unified call-center of VGTRK and "Komsomolskaya Pravda" noted that the Far East residents concerned about the amendments to article 67 of the Constitution. In accordance with the text of the Russian Federation ensures the protection of its sovereignty and territorial integrity "action (with the exception of the delimitation, demarcation, redemarcation of the state border of the Russian Federation with contiguous States), aimed at the alienation of the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as calls for such actions are not allowed." Far Eastern residents would like to clarify whether the adoption of the amendment to the alienation of the Kuril Islands in favor of Japan.

Limarenko: amendments to the Constitution to remove the issue of belonging Kuril Islands

Amendments to the Constitution will remove the question of ownership of the Kuril Islands, the head of the Sakhalin region Valery Limarenko.

Earlier, Secretary General of the Japanese government Yoshihide Suga stated that Japan made a presentation of Russia in connection with prospecting in the sea of Okhotsk, including the Islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai. Moscow had previously notified Tokyo of the works in the area between Sakhalin, Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands, which will last for three months. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Russia has the right to conduct on its territory of any research.

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