Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement to the press about the meeting of Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and Japanese Ambassador Toyohisa Kozuki who was invited by Foreign Ministry on January 9, the official Ministry’s website informs.
The Ambassador was told that “Moscow paid much attention to the statements that Japanese leadership recently made on Russian-Japanese peace treaty issues, in particular, about the necessity of “achieving the understanding” of the Southern Kuriles residents, concerning the “transition the region’s territorial status to Japan”, along with “dropping the Russia’s compensation claims” in favor of Japan and former Japanese residents for the “islands occupation after war”.
The ambassador was told that these statements are distorting the facts about the agreements between Russian and Japanese leaders on accelerating the negotiation process based on 1956 declaration, and disorienting the societies in both countries. “Such statements are the attempt to artificially inflames tension about the peace-treaty problem and to enforce the scenario of settling the issue,” the Foreign Ministry emphasized.
The Ministry stressed that Russia didn’t change it’s position about solving the problem of the peace treaty, that is only possible in the new atmosphere between Russia and Japan, which should be supported by peoples of both countries and based on Tokyo’s unequivocal acceptance of the results of World War II, including Russia’s sovereignty over Southern Kuriles.