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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.

"We categorically reject Tokyo's claims in relation to defence activities in the South Kuril Islands, referred to in this book "illegally occupied Japanese native lands." So it is not necessary to speak. Again let me remind you that these Islands are under the sovereignty of Russia in the Second world war are enshrined, including the UN Charter, and we have the right to conduct on them all activities", she added.

White paper defense of Japan – annual report of the Ministry of defense of the country, the growing role of science and technology in the military sphere, as well as the dynamics in the three new areas of defense, space, cyberspace and the use of electromagnetic radiation. In all of these sections mentioned Russia and China.

Relations between Russia and Japan for many years overshadows the absence of a peace Treaty. Japan claims Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. 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 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.