Russia and Japan agreed to continue negotiations to resolve territorial disputes
MOSCOW, February 11 (Reporters Gengrui Bin) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Japanese Foreign Minister Maehara said in Moscow on 11 May, although the two countries in the South Kuril Islands (Japan said that the four northern islands) on the issue of attribution significant differences, but both sides agreed to continue negotiations in future, to seek “mutually acceptable way” to solve the territorial issue.
Lavrov and visiting Maehara held talks in Moscow. In the following at a joint news conference, Lavrov said that Japan’s aggressive performance is undoubtedly cast a shadow over the Russian-Japanese relations, not conducive to constructive development of bilateral relations. He believes that under current conditions, the two sides discussed on the South Kuril Islands can not get any results. He said Russia hoped that bilateral relations in all issues in a calm and friendly atmosphere can be resolved, Japan, Russia is willing to strengthen economic and cultural cooperation between the fields.
Maehara said Japan and Russia are willing to engage in constructive dialogue on the four northern islands. At the same time, he represented the Government of Japan reiterates the four northern islands of Japan’s territory.
Kamchatka Peninsula and Kuril Islands, located between Hokkaido, the southern islands Habomai, Shikotan, Etorofu the country and after Japan’s four islands are known as the four northern islands. Over the years, the four islands between Japan and Russia refused to budge on the question of attribution.
February 7 this year, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan in Tokyo at the National Assembly demanded the return of the Northern Territory, said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the country last November, the island after the move was “intolerable” and behavior. His comments drew strong reaction from Russia.