Moscow ready for dialogue with Tokyo on peace treaty – Kremlin – Russian Politics & Diplomacy
MOSCOW, December 2. / TASS /. Russia maintains the political will to continue talks with Tokyo to seek solutions that will lead to the signing of a peace treaty, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.
“Japan is our partner and we value our bilateral relations,” he said. He also said that Moscow and Tokyo have a “problem in their relations”.
“We maintain the political will to continue a comprehensive dialogue with our Japanese partners in order to find ways to address this key issue,” Peskov said.
Moscow and Tokyo have been consulting for decades to reach a World War II peace treaty. The main obstacle is the dispute over the rights of the Southern Kuril Islands. After the war, the entire archipelago was incorporated into the Soviet Union, but Japan disputes the ownership of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and an adjacent group of small uninhabited islands. Moscow declares that Russian sovereignty over the islands is enshrined in international agreements and is undeniable.
The Kremlin spokesman asked a question about how Russia’s recent deployment of military equipment in the Kurils will affect Russian-Japanese relations. Peskov said Russia is free to deploy any necessary equipment to any location in Russia.
The Russian Pacific Fleet said earlier Thursday that the Bastion coastal missile defense system had been deployed for the first time to Matua Kuril Island and that it would monitor the surrounding waterways. A military garrison has been installed on the island.