The Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan noted the importance of dialogue with Russia
Japan attaches great importance to the bilateral summit talks with Russia and intends to promote cooperation between the two countries, including for the conclusion of a peace Treaty, said Tuesday the head of the Japanese foreign Ministry Toshimitsu Motegi.
"For the promotion of overall relations with Russia, including negotiations on a peace agreement, I think, extremely important the implementation of summits between Japan and Russia, such as had meetings at the highest level in Nagato and Singapore," said Motegi, answering questions in the Committee on foreign policy and defense of the upper house of the Japanese Parliament.
Touching upon the possible participation of the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe in the Victory parade in Moscow June 24, the Japanese Minister said only that diplomatic channels in Tokyo discovers the necessary details.
"Of course, it is important to consider the situation with the new coronavirus, we would like to coordinate this through diplomatic channels," said Motegi.
Answering questions about a recent telephone conversation with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Motegi said that they both agreed on the need for an early resumption of working-level contacts. However the Ministers, according to him, we agreed as soon as possible to hold the opening ceremony of the Year of inter-regional exchanges between the two countries, preparations for which had been postponed because of the pandemic, COVID-19.
As confirmed by the Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan, is still considered the idea of holding open, the interregional exchanges on the island of Hokkaido.
During the Russian-Japanese summit in Sochi in 2016, Abe agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the start of a joint economic activities on the four Islands of the South Kuril Islands, which Tokyo claims. At the summit in Singapore in 2018 with Putin, Japanese Prime Minister said that they agreed to accelerate negotiations on a peace Treaty based on the Joint Declaration of 1956.
The USSR and Japan in 1956, signed a Declaration in which Moscow has agreed to consider the possibility of transfer of Japan of Islands Habomai and Shikotan after the conclusion of a peace Treaty, and the fate of Kunashir and Iturup are not affected. The USSR hoped that the Joint Declaration will put an end to the dispute, Japan believed the document only part of the solution, not abandoning claims to all the Islands. Later the negotiations failed, the peace Treaty after the Second world war and was not signed. Pandemic coronavirus led to the postponement of the contacts and exchanges on issues of Russian-Japanese relations.