Peskov answered a question about the fate of the Kuril Islands.

By | September 10, 2020
Peskov answered a question about the fate of the Kuril Islands.

The answer about the fate of the Kuril Islands is in the updated Constitution, which prohibits the alienation of federal territories, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
“As for the Islands, the answer is very simple: read the new Constitution. There is an unambiguous answer – I mean the latest amendments”, – Peskov told journalists in response to a question about the fate of the Kuril Islands after the change of Prime Minister of Japan.
Peskov answered a question about the fate of the Kuril Islands.
Japan claims four islands in the South Kuril Ridge – Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan, and Habomai – referring to the 1855 Treatise on Trade and Borders. According to the document, the islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan, and a group of Habomai islands passed to Japan, while the other islands of the Kuril Ridge were recognized as Russian possessions. Moscow’s position is that the Southern Kurils became part of the USSR as a result of World War II, and Russian sovereignty over them, which has international legal status, is beyond doubt.
In 2018 in Singapore, following a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister said that the parties had agreed to speed up negotiations on a peace treaty based on the 1956 Joint Soviet-Japanese Declaration. This was a serious concession on Japan’s part since up to now it had been Japan’s official position to demand the return of the four islands and only then to conclude a peace treaty.

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