Russian Foreign Ministry “brought Japan back to reality” on the Kuril issue

Tokyo continues to tease Moscow with the theme of "northern territories." However, the Russian Foreign Ministry, in the words of its official representative, “returned Japan to reality” on the issue of the South Kuril Islands.

On May 19, 2020, Japanese media reported that Japanese authorities had decided to return to the Blue Book of Diplomacy (an annual report on relations between Japan and other states) the wording of the "northern territories". The Russian Foreign Ministry considered that the decision made by Tokyo contradicts Japan’s mood for negotiations. This was reported by the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

The Russian Foreign Ministry perceived the behavior of Japanese colleagues without understanding. Zakharova directly pointed out that such a step is openly contrary to the task set by the first persons of the states to create a favorable atmosphere in bilateral relations.

We are forced to return our colleagues from the Japanese Foreign Ministry to reality, and it is this: the legitimate sovereignty over all the Kuril Islands belongs to Russia in accordance with international legal documents, including the UN Charter, and is undeniable

- stressed Zakharova.

After that, Zakharova invited the Japanese side to "return to the ground", after which she sat down at the negotiating table and continued the dialogue.

As explained from Japan, the return of the aforementioned wording is associated with stagnation in the negotiation process between Moscow and Tokyo.

We remind you that in 2019 the Japanese removed the wording that the sovereignty of Japan "extends to the islands of Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and the Habomai ridge." Now they put her back in place.
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  1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 21 May 2020 22: 37
    It’s time for Zakharova and Putin to understand that the dialogue only raises Japan’s interest in the Kuril Islands, as it gives hope to overcome them, or part of them from the Russian Federation! If Putin and the company decided to surrender the next territory of the Russian Federation, as has already been done on the border with China and the maritime border with Norway, then it is better for them to resign and not bring Russia to a new revolution and turmoil!
    1. GRF Offline GRF
      GRF 22 May 2020 05: 19
      You have just listed two cases (in fact there are more), after which there is no territory and - silence. Next time it will be the same, because at the moment it is a matter of one signature, and there should be a question of demarcation of the border by the country's business - i.e. it can be legalized only after a referendum.
      1. bear040 Offline bear040
        bear040 22 May 2020 21: 59
        Khrushchev was removed and silence, in the Kremlin Brezhnev ... They will continue in the same spirit, they will finish like Khrushchev, and even Ceausescu, and no one will grieve ... Those who betrayed the interests of the country and surrendered its territory to the indigenous population of the Russian Federation, and it’s the majority, she won’t feel sorry, but at 1,5% of Novodvorskikh they don’t give a damn and grind, let them command in Lviv ...
        1. GRF Offline GRF
          GRF 23 May 2020 03: 55
          Khrushchev removed, and the Crimea returned?
          Gorbachev himself resigned, and "the process began" of the collapse of the country was canceled?
          And the demarcation of the border in the Bering Sea in favor of the United States? Yes, after her Yeltsin was re-elected more than once, even after his words - "Take as much sovereignty as you want" ... I'm surprised that there are still too few monuments - to the torn one.
          The irresponsibility of the people in the 80s and 90s in defending their interests almost led to the fact that only the "torn apart" Novodvorsk people would have remained.
          And now, if the people demanded compliance with their referendum decision, ignored during the collapse of the country, then much would have changed, but wherever there, they were divided not only by border, but also by brainwashing ..
          1. Wanderer039 Offline Wanderer039
            Wanderer039 25 May 2020 20: 42
            Everything is relative, then it failed according to the CPSU fairy tale about a common state (USSR) and internationalism, now it does not ... Then it failed, because they promised peace and detente, and not surrender, now it does not ... Ratings of Edra are already lower of the plinth, according to the polls for the new term of Vova, nobody wants to vote ... but the Kuril Islands will merge, they may hang ... not he is the first, he will not be the last ... Everything will ever end and the time comes for everything to answer .. .
            1. GRF Offline GRF
              GRF 26 May 2020 05: 14
              What is the tale of the CPSU about a common state? The BAM, the Dnieper, the Turkmen canals were built together, the powers abroad were defended together, the rubble from earthquakes and Chernobyl was raked together. We still have BREL - common.
              The lawlessness over us - only for one reason "do the Russian want wars?" The people do not want war, they endure, even when their relatives are being driven away and their houses are being fired, territories are being taken away, and living conditions are worsened. I don't know where the switch that switches the mode from cannot be killed to - but these are obliged. These! And not those, therefore we save the children of enemies who are not recorded in these ...
              Whether the circuit breaker will turn on because of the Kuril Islands - I do not know, hardly. But this is an extreme case, so I am for referenda, which most citizens must approve of important state. decisions, so as not to bring to these horrors.
              1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
                Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 26 May 2020 14: 43
                And the fact that even then Crimea and other things were stolen from the RSFSR with an eye to the collapse of the USSR, otherwise there was no sense ..
    2. oracul Offline oracul
      oracul (leonid) 22 May 2020 07: 20
      Just don’t have to think of something for anyone and stop everything in a heap too. The maritime border with Norway has nothing to do with Putin, and even more so with Zakharova. This is a twist of President Medvedev with his liberal pack, who are ready to surrender everything, if only to be their own in the West. The specifics of their thinking is as follows. And negotiations are worth at least to buy time to recreate the combat power of the Pacific Fleet. This is not the last argument.
      1. bear040 Offline bear040
        bear040 22 May 2020 22: 02
        And who keeps Medvedev in power and Chubais free, Putin, or maybe Norway ?! They are all to blame ... For a good king, bad boyars are in prison, and they are not eating eggs at the table!
      2. Bitter Offline Bitter
        Bitter (Gleb) 23 May 2020 14: 11
        ... the trick of President Medvedev with his liberal pack, who are ready to surrender everything, if only to be their own in the West.
        ... has nothing to do with Putin.

        How elegant. good
        These two were and are the legitimate choices of the people, and today they represent the same team and interests. New faces, of course, have increased, but the old ones are just around the corner and have not gone anywhere. So there is no need to twist and twist the facts until they shine "in the right" spectrum.
        Inside the country, everything is under control, although some romantics are still dreaming, in pink dreams, of some unrest.
  2. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 21 May 2020 23: 18
    Cool stuff mnogohodovochki. For two years, mumble and discuss with the Japanese about the fate of the Kuril Islands. Raise retirement age. And then squeeze everything together, add all the garbage about amendments to the constitution ... wassat To release a granny into the arena, who already does not remember where and why she was launched. The main goal is to remain in power legitimately. Stanislavsky, with his "I believe, I do not believe" is a small child. laughing good Bravo! Do not lower the curtain. Almost all the actors on the second round, please. And on medals for the next lap completed. laughing
    1. GRF Offline GRF
      GRF 22 May 2020 05: 11
      And the Russians have a talent for dialogue even with those who do not knit a bast ...
  3. gorenina91 Online gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 22 May 2020 14: 47
    - You just don’t have to let the foolish allow you to take matches for games ... - You just can’t follow them ... - and sooner or later they will start a fire ...
    - For now, our "representatives" keep on playing with matches ... - And nobody can take these matches away from them ...
  4. Edutybq Offline Edutybq
    Edutybq 23 May 2020 00: 06
    Some in their families cannot restore order, but after a bottle of vodka they already know how to manage the state.
  5. Serge Tixiy Offline Serge Tixiy
    Serge Tixiy (Serge Tixiy) 23 May 2020 09: 47
    Japan is not independent in its policy after 1945, to put it mildly. All movements are regulated by "reins" from overseas. The United States benefits from a sluggish territorial dispute, albeit one-sided, between Japan and Russia. It would be different, everyone would have forgotten about this problem.
  6. bratchanin3 Offline bratchanin3
    bratchanin3 (Gennady) 23 May 2020 13: 55
    The Japanese can’t live without the Kuril Islands, well, these are their problems, let them blame their grandfathers who slammed the ears of the Kuril Islands.