Japan protests Russia’s suspension of peace treaty talks

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Prime Minister Kishida Fumio said Japan strongly protests Russia’s suspension of bilateral talks on the peace treaty.

The move follows the Russian Foreign Ministry’s announcement on Monday that it is unwilling to pursue dialogue with a country that has an “explicitly hostile stance” toward Russia.

Tokyo has imposed sanctions on Moscow following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Kishida on Tuesday called Moscow’s decision unacceptable. He said that the current situation is the result of Russian aggression and that it is extremely unfair to blame the consequences on Japanese-Russian relations.

Kishida said Japan’s goal of resolving a territorial issue with Russia and concluding a peace treaty remains unchanged.

Japan and Russia never signed a peace treaty after World War II due to the territorial issue over four islands, known as the Northern Territories in Japan.

Russia controls the islands. Japan claims them. The Japanese government maintains that the islands are an integral part of Japanese territory. He says the islands were illegally occupied after World War II.

Kishida also said he does not plan to revise Russia-related projects in the government’s draft budget for fiscal year 2022. The budget includes funding for Japanese companies participating in the joint projects.

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