The U.S. wants to draw Japan into a policy of confrontation with Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference on the results of 2019. The live broadcast was broadcast on the department’s Facebook page.
According to him, Tokyo has become part of the military strategy of the American side. “If you look at those documents, statements, decisions that are made within this alliance, you will see that the United States is using it to confirm its line, that Russia should be restrained, Russia is an adversary,” Lavrov said. He added that Moscow would like to understand how cooperation with the Japanese side will develop further.
At the same time, Russia is concerned about the possibility of placing U.S.-made Aegis Ashore anti-aircraft missile defense systems in Japan. Lavrov stressed that they have “already been tested to launch attack cruise missiles” and violate the U.S.-destroyed Intermediate-Range Missile Elimination Treaty (IRBM). Of course, we don’t want a threat coming from the territory of our good neighbor, as we consider Japan,” he said. At the same time, the acting minister pointed out that Moscow “has no suspicion that the Japanese leadership is hatching any evil thoughts towards Russia.”
Earlier in January, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that Washington intends to develop constructive and productive relations with Moscow.
The peace treaty has not been signed between Russia and Japan for more than 70 years. The condition of his imprisonment Tokyo calls the return of the islands Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan, and Habomai. Moscow believes that the Southern Kurils became part of the USSR after the Second World War and sovereignty over them is beyond doubt.