Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that the issue of the ownership of the southern Kuril Islands should concern the entire nation.
“75 years after the end of the war between Japan and Russia, the problem of the“ northern territories ”has not been resolved (we are talking about the southern Kuriles – a comment of“ Lenta.ru ”). The problem of the northern territories is the problem of the entire Japanese people, ”the prime minister said. He added that it is important for the government and the population to work together on this issue, but did not explain exactly what he meant.
Suga previously outlined the boundaries of the territorial dispute with Russia. According to the prime minister, the subject of negotiations is the southern part of the Kuril Islands. “These are islands, which are covered by the sovereignty of our country,” he said then.
As a result of the Second World War, a peace treaty was not concluded between Moscow and Tokyo. The main obstacle to its signing was the unresolved territorial dispute over the southern part of the Kuriles – the islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai group. The Japanese side calls the South Kurils “northern territories” and does not recognize Russian sovereignty over them. Moscow, in turn, does not recognize the very fact of the territorial dispute.