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Tokyo will continue negotiations on a peace Treaty with Russia

Japan will continue negotiations with Russia to solve the territorial problem and conclude a peace Treaty, therefore, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan, Toshimitsu Motegi at a press conference commented on the journalist's question about the reaction of Tokyo to the adoption of the amendments to the Constitution, prohibiting the alienation of the territories of Russia, and installation of stone slabs with the text of the relevant amendment in Yuzhno-Kurilsk.

Relations between Russia and Japan for many years overshadows the absence of a peace Treaty. In 1956 the USSR and Japan signed a Joint Declaration in which Moscow has agreed to consider the possibility of transfer of Japan of the Kuril 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.

Subsequent negotiations came to nothing lead, a peace Treaty was never signed. There is a view that serious opposition arose from the United States, which threatened that if Japan would agree to the transfer of only two of the four Islands, it will affect the process of the return of Okinawa under Japanese sovereignty (the Agreement on the return of Okinawa to Japan entered into force in 1972). Moscow's position is that the Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them cannot be questioned.

In 2018 in Singapore at the end of the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister said that the sides agreed to accelerate negotiations on a peace Treaty on the basis of Joint Soviet-Japanese Declaration of 1956. This is a serious concession on the part of Japan, because until now, its official position was to demand the return of the four Islands and only after that - the conclusion of a peace Treaty.