Japan does not exclude the placing of US military bases in the Kuril Islands.
09 january 2017, 22:51
Secretary of the National security Council of Japan, Shotaro Yachi met with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev in November, answering the question did not rule out the possibility of placing on two Islands of the South Kuril Islands U.S. military bases, citing multiple sources told the newspaper Asahi.
The optimism of Japan in relation to progress on the territorial issue approx.ed. since November began to weaken. In early November arrived in Moscow the Secretary of National security Council of Japan, Shotaro Yachi, met with Secretary of security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev.
As reported by numerous government sources Patrushev asked whether hosted on the Islands of American bases in the case of transfer of two Islands to Japan as stipulated in the Joint Declaration of 1956 approx.ed.. Yati said the possibility is reported in the publication.
Earlier, the press service of the office of security service of the Russian Federation reported that at the meeting of Patrushev and Yati in Moscow on 9 November, addressed issues of regional and international security thus special attention was given to the main challenges and threats in the Asia-Pacific region and Russian-Japanese cooperation in the security sphere.
The newspaper also quotes the opinion of other government officials who believe that such a response is a matter of course as if the Islands would be under the sovereignty of Japan will be subject to a security Treaty between Japan and the United States.
Associate with this a lowering of expectations of progress in the negotiations on the territorial issue, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is especially clearly manifested at the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Lima in late November. Abe is not hiding his optimism about the fact that during Putin's visit to Japan will be at least the designated course on the question after the summit in Peru, said that reaching a large step cannot be important to move step by step, one meeting cannot solve the problem which could not be solved 70 years.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV NTV attempts with the first step to talk about Japanese sovereignty over the southern Kuril Islands, Russia will close down further discussion.
You raised the question of what economic activity can develop on the Islands of the South Kuril Islands, the sovereignty over which will carry out Japan. If so will be a first step, the second step is not necessary. Because the issue can be considered closed. Because we did not agree Putin said.
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