The Kremlin has slammed Japan’s new prime minister’s claim that Japan’s sovereignty extends to a series of islands that Tokyo and Moscow dispute.
While Moscow claims ownership of the archipelago that separates the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean, Tokyo claims ownership of the archipelago’s four southernmost islands.
“We do not agree with such a statement. This is the territory of the Russian Federation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“Moscow has repeatedly affirmed its political will at various levels, along with Russian President [Vladimir] Putin confirming his political determination to pursue dialogue with Tokyo in order to find solutions to the pressing questions that remain on the agenda,” Peskov added.
Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday that he would be having talks with Russia.
“Japan will be engaged [in this issue] on the basis of the existing bilateral agreements, including those reached in Singapore,” he said.
“The government intends to conclude the peace treaty with Russia resolving the issue of these islands’ belonging,” Kishida added.
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