The Kuril islands dispute between Russia and Japan May 20, 2015 4:14:09 GMT
Post by ThirdTerm on May 20, 2015 4:14:09 GMT
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov said that Japan is the only country that does not recognize the results of the Second World War, in particular disputing Kuril Islands. This Lavrov said on Tuesday, May 19 in an interview to "Rossiyskaya Gazeta".
The minister recalled that after the Second World War, the whole chain of the Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet Union. However, Japan is currently disputed ownership of islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai group of islands.
"We always ask the Japanese:" Lord, you are the results of the Second World War acknowledge? "They answer:" In general, yes, but on this issue - no. " And how do you then have ratified the UN Charter? There is an article 107, which states that everything that made the victorious powers, sacred and inviolable. Let other words, but the meaning is legal - do not touch me "- so Lavrov described the essence of the dispute over the Kuril Islands between Japan and Russia.
In the course of any negotiations with Japan on the issue of the South Kuriles Russia will always return to the Land of the Rising Sun with the UN Charter ", and here they do protest can not, and we can say that Japan - the only country that calls into question the outcome of the Second World War, no one else does not "- said Lavrov.
Japan claims to the Southern Kurils, or as they are called in Japan - the "Northern Territories", referring to the bilateral trade and Treatise on the borders of 1855. This treaty - one of the first international treaty of Japan and consists in completely different geopolitical reality. Thereafter, Japan and Russia fought each other twice and the Kurils went to the Soviet Union as the winner in the Second World War. Japan also signed an unconditional surrender and was occupied by US troops. After the end of World War II peace treaty between Japan and the Soviet Union was never signed. The Japanese link the signing of a peace treaty with the transfer of the Southern Kuriles.
In 1956, Moscow was ready to make concessions to Japan, and in the case of the signing of the peace treaty considered the transfer of several islands, but Japan has disrupted the talks and demanded transfer of all the Southern Kuriles. The Southern Kuril Islands are an important strategic area, since that is where there are only ice-free corridors leading out of the Sea of Okhotsk to the Pacific Ocean. In case of transfer of the Southern Kuriles to Japan the Russian Pacific Fleet will actually locked between the waters of Japan and Okhotsk seas in winter. Also the South Kuriles have offshore oil and gas fields.