Start consultations with Japan on joint activity in the Kuril Islands — an important step towards the peace Treaty. This was stated by the Ambassador of Russia in Tokyo. He called to ignore the message that the Japanese media about the transfer of the Kuril Islands for temporary use.
Beginning of Russian-Japanese consultations on joint economic activities on the Kuril Islands may be an important step towards a peace Treaty between the two countries, said the «Interfax», the Russian Ambassador to Japan Yevgeny Afanasyev.
Afanasiev also noted that appeared in the Japanese media following the meeting, the two leaders of speculation that the Kuril Islands would be handed over to Tokyo for temporary use, not worth paying attention to. «You mentioned speculation in the Japanese press can be safely ignored», — he said.
The conclusion of a peace Treaty between Russia and Japan is a priority for both countries. This was stated by Vladimir Putin at press conference following talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December 2016. The President stressed that the settlement of this question will create the conditions for long-term, perspective of interaction between States.
Negotiations on joint activity of Russia and Japan on the Kuril Islands will begin in March
Putin called for an end to the historic «ping-pong» with the Kuril Islands