“Yeltsin would return”: how the Japanese regret the loss of the Kuril Islands


The congratulatory speech on June 12 with which President Putin addressed the Russians “from Kaliningrad to the Kuril Islands,” echoed the pain in the souls of the Japanese. Residents of the Land of the Rising Sun sprinkle ash on their heads and bitterly regret that they did not have time to solve the problem of the "northern territories" under Boris Yeltsin. Does this mean that Tokyo has completely lost its chance of revenge?


About why the Kuril Islands in no case can not be returned to Japan, much has been said.

At first, this precedent can serve as a kind of “Pandora’s box”: territorial claims from Germany, Finland, Estonia and our other neighbors will fall in the wake.

Secondlysadly, Japan is not a truly sovereign state. As an ally, it can provide the islands transferred to it for the deployment of American military bases, which will pose a serious threat to the defensive potential of the Russian Far East. No additional agreements with Moscow on this issue can limit Tokyo’s rights to use its sovereign territory.

Thirdly, our country will lose islands rich in natural resources: fish, crabs and other marine animals, metals and rare-earth rhenium.

It is not entirely clear why suddenly the topic of the possibility of transferring the Kuril Islands was raised at all by President Putin in conjunction with the signing of a peace treaty with Japan. We don’t seem to be at war, we cooperate quite effectively in economic sphere and perfectly without this document somehow managed. The Soviet demand for the withdrawal of American troops from the territory of the island state in our realities is simply not feasible.

This extremely controversial initiative of the president caused a very disapproving attitude from the vast majority of the Russian population. After that, this topic was removed further from the information agenda, and the authorities made a number of statements of a patriotic sense. Residents of Japan are indignant and, in general, they can be understood. The ambiguous position of Vladimir Putin gave them hope that their national idea of ​​returning the "northern territories" could finally be realized, and now there has been a rollback.

A rather curious publication appeared in the Yomiuri Shimbun publication and readers' comments on it. Some Japanese point out that Russia inhabited the islands with its citizens, who now will not go anywhere. Others rightly conclude that Moscow will not give up the Kuril Islands, since Japan is a "vassal" of the USA:

Russia and America are “on their knives,” and Japan is a faithful vassal of the United States. So why will Russia return the islands to us?

Still others lament that Tokyo lost time by not resolving the issue during the reign of President Yeltsin:

It was necessary to agree on this with Yeltsin, who put an end to the Cold War.

Nevertheless, despite the general pessimism, the publication itself very restrainedly commented on Putin’s words:

His statements are designed to raise patriotic sentiments among the people of Russia and are aimed at increasing Russian support for new amendments to the Russian Constitution.

At this point, I would like to dwell a little more. Until the end of the month, they expect us to go and vote for amendments to the Constitution. In general, most legislative short stories are welcome, but some of them are somewhat “ambiguous”. According to the amendments to Part 2 of Art. 67 of the Basic Law of the Russian Federation, actions aimed at alienating part of the territory of our country are prohibited. But they, amendments, allow delimitation, demarcation and re-marking of the state border.

Delimitation, in particular, gives the right to determine the position and direction of the state border between neighboring states and, as a rule, is an integral part of peace treaties. It should be noted that Japan is already looking for the opportunity to "cheat", about which we are in detail told earlier. So, the former Japanese diplomat Masaru Sato proposes to agree on the recognition that the islands of Habomai and Shikotan were not included in the Kuril Islands, which Tokyo refused in the Second World War. Within the framework of this logic, the transfer and subsequent return of the islands will be a simple delimitation and demarcation of borders.

Of course, today something like this is impossible to imagine. But where is the guarantee that then the new conditional “Yeltsin” will not come to power in the country, with which it will be possible to resolve the issue?
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  1. akarfoxhound Offline akarfoxhound
    akarfoxhound 17 June 2020 13: 40
    +3
    There is nothing to recall on this subject in Russia at all. If this topic is closed for us, then fellow journalists, close your mouths, let Yapis have a sore subject, and you’ll be constantly encouraging. Whose will you be, for whom are you working, dear?
  2. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 17 June 2020 13: 41
    +4
    All Russian and Soviet rulers who somehow lost the Far Eastern territories ended poorly. This is Alexander the Second (blown up), and Nikolai the Second (shot), and Khrushchev, who hinted at the transfer (escaped with a resignation of tomatoes), and Gorbachev, whom the people remember as Mazepa, and Shevardnadze, - the “Shevardnadze-Baker line”, on which attempted several times until they pushed into the backyard. Does any of the Russian politicians still want to try their luck?
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  4. Cheburashk Offline Cheburashk
    Cheburashk (Vladimir) 17 June 2020 15: 36
    -1
    Quote: Bulanov
    All Russian and Soviet rulers who somehow lost the Far Eastern territories ended poorly. This is Alexander the Second (blown up), and Nikolai the Second (shot), and Khrushchev, who hinted at the transfer (escaped with a resignation of tomatoes), and Gorbachev, whom the people remember as Mazepa, and Shevardnadze, - the “Shevardnadze-Baker line”, on which attempted several times until they pushed into the backyard. Does any of the Russian politicians still want to try their luck?

    But in order to prevent this, in principle, in the future, amendments will be made (from some) to the Constitution, yeah !!!
    1. Don36 Offline Don36
      Don36 (Don36) 17 June 2020 17: 05
      +3
      If the constitution proposed by Putin did not contain words that the Russian government could squander the land of the Russian Federation on the pretext of demarcating borders, I would still vote for it, and with such amendments let Tokyo vote for it.
    2. Marzhecki Online Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 18 June 2020 06: 42
      0
      The amendments are being made not for this, but in order to consolidate the status of the State Council in it, where Putin will be able to sit after 2024. With "zeroing" while they played back, there was a clear overkill. That is why we are offered to vote not for each amendment separately, but in bulk for everything at once.
  5. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 17 June 2020 15: 38
    +1
    I believe that the topic with the Kuril Islands is not yet closed. Neither Putin nor Lavrov explained why this topic was raised at all. In 2010, no one raised the noise and Russia gave Norway 80 thousand km of the marine territory of the Barents Sea. And about the constitution, the author correctly noted. Bargaining continues.
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) 18 June 2020 00: 09
      +1
      Neither Putin nor Lavrov explained why this topic was raised at all. ...

      There is no smoke without fire, apparently, the "father of Russian democracy" at one time promised something to his Japanese friends and bequeathed the same to his followers. So pen tests are being done and legal ways of fulfilling the will and promises are being sought.

      Bargaining continues.

      Bargaining is inappropriate.
  6. Valentine Offline Valentine
    Valentine (Valentin) 17 June 2020 15: 58
    +5
    Well, no, gentlemen of Japan, mother, if you are so sorry about him, then take him along with all his giblets damned by the people, bury him on Fujiyama, and disassemble his Yeltsin Center into bricks, and transport him there, and at the same time grab Naina , we do not need such trash at all.
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) 18 June 2020 00: 20
      +2
      ... take it away ...
      ... disassemble into bricks ...
      ... such trash is completely unnecessary ...

      Something tells you that Vladimir Vladimirovich will fundamentally disagree with you and will be able to explain the whole depth of Boris Nikolaevich’s thoughts, and that the bulk of Russians are not yet able to realize this happiness. But people are working, polishing and adjusting, soon everything will be as it should.
      1. Valentine Offline Valentine
        Valentine (Valentin) 18 June 2020 10: 06
        +1
        Because of the "depth of Boris Nikolayevich's thoughts", over 10 million Russian people have gone to the other world, prematurely, over 17 years of "comprehension" - from unemployment, poverty, lack of money and hopelessness, but your humor is clear.
        1. Bitter Offline Bitter
          Bitter (Gleb) 19 June 2020 00: 13
          0
          ... from unemployment, from poverty, lack of money and hopelessness.

          You also count those who live outside the cordon, as well as those who also "did not fit in" in these foreign countries and left untimely. But this will be corrected, retouched, and they, too, will be to blame for what happened to them. The figure can be equated to combat losses in the Great Patriotic War, and they managed to do this practically without a single shot. An exorbitantly high price was paid so that today a handful of rogues have access to the country's power and resources. Now you can even thank them for the fact that they finally, tightly filling their pockets, began to share a little of the loot.
          But now the fame of these advanced politicians is rewarded, to whom the centers, to whom the icebreakers, to whom the funds, or a street with a name and a personal pension. sad
          1. Valentine Offline Valentine
            Valentine (Valentin) 19 June 2020 06: 29
            +1
            And behind the cordon of Russians who lost their homeland in 1991, there are about 32 million, and they basically have nowhere to go and nothing to go on, and then you’ll think about whether we’ll abandon ours or not.
    2. Marzhecki Online Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 18 June 2020 06: 38
      0
      Take a look at your leisure, who initiated the creation of the Yeltsin Center, who paid for its construction and maintenance, and who manages it. Information is open.
  7. Don36 Offline Don36
    Don36 (Don36) 17 June 2020 17: 02
    +7
    With the same success, Japan may regret having been kicked out of the territories of China or Korea ... All the Kuril Islands are Russia, and I will curse anyone who gives them, or part of them, to Japan! Alkasha Borisku Yeltsin curses most of Russia today! Burn him in hell, a bloody grabber!
  8. aleksandrmakedo Offline aleksandrmakedo
    aleksandrmakedo (Dubovitsky Victor Kuzmich) 17 June 2020 20: 30
    +3
    And what, will we return Yeltsin to Japan? Let them take it.
  9. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 18 June 2020 15: 19
    0
    “Yeltsin would return”: how the Japanese regret the loss of the Kuril Islands

    - Oh, why remember Yeltsin ... - There is no need to remember him at all ... - But "someone" needed the Yeltsin-Center ... - so as not to consign Yeltsin's name to oblivion and perpetuate all his "thoughts" ... and "deeds" ...
    - And if we talk about the Kuril Islands and the Japanese; it’s better and to the place - remember the words ... the words of Zhirinovsky, where he says that he can return Japan ...- only to Khakamada ... - That's it ...