Tokyo announces Abe’s visit to Moscow

SANAA, Jan. 18 (Saba0 – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia before leaving for Switzerland on Jan. 21-24 to attend a Russian-Japanese summit on July 22, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced.

An agreement on a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Abe was reached in January and was confirmed during talks between the two countries’ foreign ministers last Monday in Moscow.

Relations between Russia and Japan are developing significantly despite the troubling issue of islands. Tokyo claims ownership of the four southern Kuril islands, Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai under the bilateral trade agreement of 1855.

Tokyo has made the return of the islands one of the terms of the peace treaty with Russia, which has not been signed since World War II, but Moscow’s position is that the South Kuril Islands were in fact part of the Soviet Union since the end of World War II,

 And that Russian sovereignty over them is registered within the charters of international law, so that no one can question its credibility.

The 1956 Joint Declaration provided for Japan’s extradition of the islands of Habomai and Shikotan after the adoption of the peace treaty.

Source: Novosti

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