Alexei Chepa, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, appreciated the possibility of concluding a peace treaty with Japan in the current circumstances.
According to State Duma deputy Alexei Chepa, in the current conditions, the conclusion of a peace agreement between Japan and Russia is difficult to implement. At the same time, he recalled that Tokyo had joined the sanctions against Moscow. The politician spoke about this in an interview with Lenta.ru.
Earlier this Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed his desire to conclude a peace treaty with Russia, despite the difficult situation in bilateral relations. At the same time, the politician assured that Tokyo intends to continue the sanctions policy against Moscow.
“We understand that many years have passed and Japan’s existing claims to the Kuril Islands were supported by the United States, plus the Cold War,” Chepa said. At the same time, according to him, “Japan’s attempts to bargain” led to the fact that Russia declared these lands constitutionally its own, and encroachment on them – a violation of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
At the same time, the parliamentarian noted that a number of Japanese politicians point to the need to sign a peace agreement. The MP called it a positive factor.
The deterioration of Russian-Japanese relations occurred after the Russian Federation announced the start of a special operation in Ukraine. So, in March, the Russian side curtailed negotiations on signing a peace treaty with Japan, and the visa-free regime for the Japanese who wish to visit the Kuril Islands was also canceled. In addition, the dialogue on establishing joint economic activities in the southern Kuriles was suspended. This reaction of Moscow followed in response to the sanctions imposed by Tokyo against the Russian Federation due to a special operation in Ukraine.