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Japan protests Russia over its maneuvers in the disputed Kuril Islands The World DW

The Japanese Executive presented its complaints to Moscow through diplomatic channels last week, after Russia issued a maritime alert informing it of the live fire drills it will carry out in the coming weeks and including a number of launches. missile test.

These maneuvers will cover parts of the South Curil Islands, (claimed by Japan, which they call the Northern Territories), as well as some of the waters within Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to the Japanese Executive.

“Army deployment on the islands is at odds with Japan’s position and so we cannot accept it,” Japanese government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said at a press conference next Monday (02/07/2022).

Japan held an official action next Monday to demand the return of the islands, in which Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida regretted that the dispute is “unresolved” and that this has prevent the signing of a peace treaty between the two countries. since the end of World War II.

The Prime Minister of Japan has pledged “firm progress in negotiations” in line with the agreements reached so far, in statements collected by the local media.

The US ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, was quick to assure, in a video posted on Twitter, that his country “supports Japan on the issue of the Northern Territories.”

The four islands of the Kuril archipelago, consisting of 56 islands and islets, were occupied by Russia during World War II and the dispute over its sovereignty is the main obstacle to bilateral relations.

In 1956, the Soviet Union and Japan signed a declaration resuming diplomatic relations and establishing the rules by which the parties had to abide by the signing of the peace treaty, including a provision for the annexation of two of the islands. back, although this has not been complied with since.

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