Posner: Russia is better to be friends with Japan than with China

Talking about his trip to Japan to shoot the film, the famous journalist and TV presenter Vladimir Pozner shared his opinion on how important relations with the Land of the Rising Sun are for Russia.

In his opinion, given the fact that Russia is a Eurasian state and has “immediate interests” in Asia, it needs to build relations not only with China, but also with Japan, which is a neighboring state:

... relations with Japan are of great importance. I know that now they are looking more and more towards China, but I think that this is wrong, it would be necessary to make every effort to draw closer to Japan.

The journalist noted that today Russia has good relations with an island state, although a peace treaty has not been concluded between the countries.

He believes that the geographical proximity is a sufficient argument to compromise relations with Tokyo.

In fact, friendly relations with neighboring Japan are just as important for Russia as relations with any other neighboring state.

However, the search for a compromise with Japan is greatly complicated by the country's excessive dependence on the United States: Washington will in every way impede the rapprochement between Tokyo and Moscow.

In February, the head of the Japanese government, Shinzo Abe, announced his intention to conclude a peace treaty with Russia and turn Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai into "islands of friendship." Abe will attend the May 9th celebrations in Moscow.
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  1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 6 March 2020 17: 17
    I totally agree.
  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 6 March 2020 18: 26
    Oh, those headlines. No. It seems like Posner offers a reorientation to Japan, judging by the text no. In general, the scandal did not work. Relations must be developed with everyone. Just today, a parcel came from there, in general, I am well-disposed, we will be friends with the Japanese (if the hegemon allows them), wave a handkerchief to fishing schooners sailing past our Kuril Islands to calm music.

    1. yuriy55 Offline yuriy55
      yuriy55 (Yuri Vasilievich) 8 March 2020 07: 32
      Quote: 123
      ... we will be friends with the Japanese (if the hegemon allows them), wave a handkerchief to fishing schooners, sailing past our Kuril Islands to the quiet music.

      Since the 60s we remember:

      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 8 March 2020 12: 39
        Time passes, a new generation is growing up, now virtual performers are dancing at concerts there. True, normal people remained.

  3. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 6 March 2020 18: 47
    Again, venerable media inflate a sensation. Information is insignificant. In the title - do not be friends with China. Nothing of the kind in the text.
  4. andrew42 Offline andrew42
    andrew42 (Andrei) 6 March 2020 19: 31
    Dear sir, comrade Posner! Thank God, the days of "democratic" talk shows of the 90s with all this "let's be friends with families" are long gone. Let's put China aside. Our relationship with him does not concern the Japanese. As for Japan itself, normal cooperation with it does not even shine, what kind of friendship is there.
    1. Japan and its public opinion lay claim to Russian territories taken by our grandfathers in a bloody and fair (yes, yes, here Our point of view is important, not uncle) war. Revanchists 100%.
    2. Japan is a faithful ally of the United States, for which Russia their own declared threat is now No. 1, then No. 3.
    3. Japan is an independent state, under a tough American protectorate.
    4. "Japanese culture" gave rise to, among other things, the most terrible war crimes, before which the German Nazis "turn gray", and just mainly against the Chinese. The Chinese hate the Japanese from the official authorities to the everyday level, they will not forgive, they will not forget. Here, either to cooperate with China, or to "make friends" with the Japanese. As for the rest, yes, no one forbids appreciating Zen Buddhism, rock gardens and bushido, tanka, sakura flowers and kabuki. Will ripen to friendship - yes, you are welcome. But Japan is unlikely to change on the above points. 1-3 in the next 50 years.
  5. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 6 March 2020 21: 10
    Posner: Russia is better to be friends with Japan than with China

    Russia (or rather, its leadership) needs to be friends with the head. And on time. And when you are really needed. Here, accept in 2014 amendments to the migration law then. Yes, the planet would be turned over for Russia. Road spoon for dinner. And take away the garbage retirement. Political Harakiris themselves have done. yes
  6. Yes, yes, of course, give the Kuril Islands to the Japanese, and also kiss each other with Israel, and send one and a half billion Chinese to three letters, as Nikita Embroidered did, and then fought off them for 30 years, THANKS, DON'T NEED, SIR POSNER. It’s a pity that the moderators are strict, otherwise I would rather name the letters you should go for!
  7. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 7 March 2020 02: 23
    Posner: Russia is better to be friends with Japan than with China

    - Yes, it is better to be friends with Japan than with ... pro-damn ... omer-zi-tel-nym ... at one time ... really-nu-chim ... China .. .
    - I don’t even want to comment on anything ...
  8. GRF Offline GRF
    GRF 7 March 2020 06: 19
    What kind of geographical compromise is he talking with Japan?
    Why does he consider it mutually exclusive with either this or this? Why does it cause confusion in the brain?
    Why not call Japan? After all, we proposed a peace treaty to her!
    Well, why, along with the change of national interests, do not change the appearance ...
    1. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
      gorenina91 (Irina) 7 March 2020 09: 44
      - If Russia itself would not constantly build "eyes" to Japan about the Kuriles ... then this issue would have been closed long ago ... - once and for all ...
      - But Russia itself is constantly ... - coquettishly and miserably reminds Japan of its some meetings at the presidential level; some attempts to conclude a peace treaty; some (spoken aloud) readiness to give Japan two islands ... etc ...
      - Is the state supposed to position itself this way ... - "I will ... - I won't give it," "I will give it ... - I won't give it back" ... - what the ...
      1. GRF Offline GRF
        GRF 7 March 2020 13: 13
        In Russia, different people with different, often completely opposite points of view. Everyone no, no, yes, he will say something to those who need it, they will sing it.
        The Soviet government said - we’ll give the islands if there are no American bases in Japan, but the bases appeared, the word for transferring the islands was officially withdrawn, a lot of time passed until the 90s, but the treaty never appeared, why? We want to interact with the Japanese, gave them different preferences, where is reciprocity? Or should we give it back then, do you think something will happen?
        Many people look at us with hungry eyes, so feed them yourself? I prefer mutual benefit, and let the path to achieve it look like coquetry, but how else?

        But how ridiculous the Japanese look - they showed a finger to them, so they stretch their mouths whole arm.
        For me - let them tear themselves ...
  9. AICO Offline AICO
    AICO (Vyacheslav) 7 March 2020 07: 48
    It is better for Russia to be friends with its own people, army and navy !!! And the rest will be pulled up if they wish, and if not, we’ll manage!
  10. bear040 Offline bear040
    bear040 7 March 2020 09: 46
    Let Posner give his advice in Israel, and make friends with Japan, an ally of the United States, which has territorial claims against the Russian Federation, is not real and ridiculous. Japan has always been an enemy of Russia, an enemy and will remain. About such as Japan and Posner, in Russia they always spoke like this -

    How many wolves do not feed, he still looks into the forest ...

    So Posner is closer to the allied USA, Israel and Japan, and the interests of NATO, and not Russia ... Fronting Russia and China with their foreheads is the golden dream of the USA and its slaves.
    1. Kostyar Offline Kostyar
      Kostyar 7 March 2020 15: 35
      How many wolves do not feed, he still looks into the forest ...

      Posner was rather a jackal.
    2. T. Henks Offline T. Henks
      T. Henks (Igor) 11 March 2020 13: 58
      Posner in the USA.
  11. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 7 March 2020 10: 34
    Posner is wrong in that there is no independent country in Japan, it is in the minds of only liberals. Politically, it’s just a US military base.
  12. Vkd dvk Offline Vkd dvk
    Vkd dvk (Victor) 7 March 2020 21: 38
    This "peacemaker" is ready to sell, sell, and sell what is the Motherland for normal people. Franco-American Jew, receiving loot from different owners at the same time.
    Make a compromise with Japan.
    Give the islands, then the Kuril Islands, then what?

    This fact expresses the whole essence of Russian liberalism of the kind I am talking about. First, what is liberalism, if we speak at all, if not an attack (reasonable or erroneous, that's another question) on the existing order of things? It is so? Well, my fact is that Russian liberalism is not an attack on the existing order of things, but an attack on the very essence of our things, on the very things, and not just one order, not the Russian order, but Russia itself. My liberal went so far as to deny Russia itself, that is, he hates and beats his mother. Every unfortunate and unfortunate Russian fact excites laughter and almost delight in him. He hates folk customs, Russian history, everything. If there is an excuse for him, it is that he does not understand what he is doing, and he takes his hatred of Russia for the most fruitful liberalism (oh, you often meet a liberal in our country who is applauded by the rest, and who, perhaps, in essence is the most ridiculous, the most stupid and dangerous conservative, and he himself does not know it!). This hatred for Russia, not so long ago, some of our liberals took almost for true love for the fatherland and boasted that they saw better than others, what it should consist of; but now they have become more frank and even the words "love for the fatherland" have begun to be ashamed, even the concept has been banished and eliminated as harmful and insignificant.

  13. Vkd dvk Offline Vkd dvk
    Vkd dvk (Victor) 7 March 2020 21: 51
    Quote: gorenina91
    Posner: Russia is better to be friends with Japan than with China

    - Yes, it is better to be friends with Japan than with ... pro-damn ... omer-zi-tel-nym ... at one time ... really-nu-chim ... China .. .
    - I don’t even want to comment on anything ...

    And who's stopping you from being friends? Or didn’t you study geography, and don’t know how to get there? Tailwind.
  14. Panting Offline Panting
    Panting (Vyacheslav) 8 March 2020 11: 41
    But Pozner is best to shut up and be silent, and not to poke his nose into other people's affairs, doing cheap provocation.