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.