TOKYO, October 7. / TASS /. During the dialogue with Russia on a peace treaty, the Japanese government continues to stick to its underlying position – that the treaty can only be signed after resolving the “ownership problem” of all. the southern parts of the Kuril Islands, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said. reported Thursday.
“In the past, the underlying position of the Japanese government is that a peace treaty will be signed after clarifying the issue of ownership of four islands. There is no change in the fact that we will continue negotiations on the basis of that underlying position, ”he said. noted.
According to him, during the dialogue, the parties confirmed that they would negotiate a peace treaty on the basis of existing agreements, including those reached in Singapore following Putin’s meeting with former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2018. The Japanese Prime Minister also promoted the overall development of relations between Moscow and Tokyo. “I wish to fully promote our relations between Tokyo and Moscow, organize meetings with President Putin and forge a relationship of trust,” said the head of the Japanese government.
In addition, Kishida congratulated Putin on his birthday. The Russian president turned 69 on October 7.
On October 4, Fumio Kishida was elected by both houses of the national parliament to become the 100th Prime Minister of Japan by majority vote. On September 29, Kishida became the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. The elections for the new president were held because the term of Yoshihide Suga – who was appointed prime minister after Shinzo Abe’s unexpected resignation – expired.