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Sergey Zheleznyak: “Russia and Japan should more intensively use the great potential of cooperation to resolve controversial issues”

“Initially it was obvious that the solution of the multi-year issue of a peace treaty between our countries is quick and easy. It is important that the heads of Russia and Japan maintain the constructive tone of the talks and demonstrate their readiness to develop the dialogue. At the same time, the key condition for the conclusion of a peace treaty remains the full recognition by the Japanese side of the outcome of the Second World War, which includes Russia’s sovereignty over the Kuriles ”. This opinion was expressed by a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Sergey Zheleznyak.

The politician stressed: “We very much hope that negative foreign policy factors and the pressure of extremist forces inside Japanese society will not prevent the negotiation process. The world community should also take responsibility and understanding for the striving of Russia and Japan to legally secure open good-neighborly relations. You should not speculate on the topic of a peace treaty either at the level of politicians or at the level of the media. ”

“In the development of the dialogue, Russia offers Japanese partners a mutually beneficial option of joint development of the region, including the possibility of investing in the economy of the South Kuriles. Our countries should more intensively use the large potential of cooperation to resolve disputed issues. Each new summit gives an additional positive impetus to bilateral relations between Russia and Japan, bringing the moment of the conclusion of a peace treaty. I hope that within the framework of the G20, our leaders will find an opportunity to meet and discuss the course of the negotiation process, ”the parliamentarian added.

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