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  • Russia is ready to give Japan two disputed Kuril Islands with conditions

    The Russian authorities are ready to hand over two disputed Islands of Shikotan and Habomai of the Kuril archipelago to Japan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the handover of the two Islands is possible only after Japan's recognition of the results of the Second World War and the conclusion of a peace treaty, report Russian state TV channels.

    Lavrov also added that Russia is a legal successor of the USSR and therefore, recognizes the Declaration of 1956, according to which the …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry summons Japanese Ambassador over Kuril Islands

    The Ambassador of Japan in Russia, Touchesa Kazuki, was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry where Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov informed him of the inadmissibility Tokyo’s criticism over the actions of Russia in the Kuril Islands, says Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Earlier, Tokyo criticized the visit of the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the Kuril Islands and protested because of the military drills at Kunashir Island. On August 2 , Dmitry Medvedev …

  • Japan protests airspace violation by Russia

    The Japanese government has protested a violation of its airspace over the Sea of Japan by Russian bombers, the Japanese news agency NHK reports.

    “We cannot allow such actions in our territory,” the country said in a statement delivered through diplomatic channels to Russia and South Korea.

    Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga objected to both Russia’s airspace violation and the warning shots fired by South Korea.

    “In light of Japan’s stance on sovereignty over Takeshima, the …

  • Japan-Russia peace treaty talks fall through yet again

    A new round of Russian-Japanese peace treaty negotiations has come to nothing. Since the end of World War II, a peace treaty between Japan and Russia, as the legal successor to the Soviet Union, has still not been signed. A declaration that the state of war between the counties has ended was signed in 1956.

    Until now, Japan has demanded that Russia return the southern islands of the Kuril chain – Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai. In negotiations on 14 July, Russia refused to even discuss …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Trump and Putin to discuss Ukraine

    US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the issue of Ukraine, and the release of detained Ukrainian sailors during their meeting, said the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin in an interview with Ukrainian Channel 5.

    "We spoke with the White House and the State Department about how the "Ukrainian track" should be covered (at the meeting) ... Of course, Trump himself will make decisions. However, I am sure that his materials will be composed correctly," …

  • Putin: Russia has no plans to hand over South Kurils

    Speaking on the program “Saturday news with Sergey Brilev” on Russia 1 TV channel, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is not going to hand over the South Kuril Islands to Japan.

    Answering the question of the host, whether it would be necessary to lower the Russian flag that is raised in the South Kurils, President Putin said that "we do not have such plans," reports Interfax news agency.

    The USSR annexed the South Kurils in the end of the World War II. According to the Soviet– …

  • Russia offers Japan to establish a visa-free zone

    After a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Kōno, the Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that Russia has offered Japan to remove visa requirements for travel between the countries.

    "We mentioned the long-standing Russian proposal to move to a visa-free regime between the Russian Federation and Japan, starting with business and tourism trips. We assume that the dialogue will continue," said Lavrov.

    Earlier, Chairwoman of the Federation Council of Russia Valentina Matvienko …

  • Japan abandons plan to sign peace treaty with Russia in June

    The Japanese government has decided to abandon its plan to sign a framework agreement for a peace treaty with Russia at the end of June, when the G20 summit will be held in Osaka, the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported on Saturday, citing government sources.

    The decision was reportedly made because Russia and Japan have been unable to overcome their disagreements on a number of historical matters and security concerns. Previously Japan had planned to sign a framework agreement for a …

  • Japan: Russia’s deployment of weapons in the Kuril Islands is unacceptable

    After the “2+2” meeting of the heads of diplomatic and defense departments of Russia and Japan, Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Kōno said, that Tokyo considers the strengthening of Russia's military presence in the Southern Kuriles unacceptable, reports RIA Novosti.

    "Speaking of missile launches and the deployment and other reinforcement of Russia's military presence on the Northern Islands (the Islands of the southern part of the Kuril Chain), we told Russia that this is unacceptable from the …

  • Japanese Foreign Minister: Peace treaty negotiations with Russia must be accelerated

    Tokyo would like the peace treaty negotiations with Russia to be concluded as soon as possible, said Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in a press conference in Sapporo, Hokkaido, after returning from a visit to Moscow.

    The foreign minister stressed the importance of finding an arrangement that satisfies both parties.

    “We would like to conclude these negotiations as quickly as possible, taking into account the old age of the former inhabitants of the four northern islands. We must conclude …