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Russo-Japanese peace negotiations : collection for Tokyo's island of dreams

Russia and Japan have begun on Monday in Moscow for peace negotiations. The foreign Ministers of both countries, Sergei Lavrov and Taro Kono, sitting for four days. Almost 75 years after the end of the Second world war is, unlike in the case of the two Koreas – widely from the view that Russia and Japan are formally still at war against each other. As absurd as it sounds, the chances for an agreement are bad. In the way of four small Islands, which are inhabited by little more than 10000 people: the southern Kuril Islands are located to the North of Hokkaido and East Sakhalin.

Japan considers the Islands as its "Northern territories", and refers to a Treaty of 1875 with the Tsar. Russia has occupied the Islands in the Second world war. On 7. August 1945, Stalin had declared the Empire of Japan during the war, and the next day, the landing began of Soviet soldiers on the Kuril Islands. This shows the high strategic value of the Islands even back then. As Japan, 1956 in the San Francisco peace with the United States and 46 other States, the castle was not the Soviet Union.

past each other talking

Since then, the dispute between the two countries for the Kuril Islands flared up again and again. After years of inactivity, 2018 is a movement in the Kuril question came. In may, the Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe had urged, almost routinely, both States should seek an agreement until the end of the year. Russian President Vladimir Putin responded with the surprising formulation, one should look at the Problem "with a fresh point of view".

This exchange of positive signals was clearly understood in both capitals miss. Moscow and Tokyo were mutually convinced that the other could be to give in ready. In the meantime, the fronts are hardened, what is hidden behind foggy diplomatic formulas, with which the two sides went into the current peace negotiations. The Russian foreign Ministry had made clear, as a precondition for the peace Treaty, Japan must acknowledge the results of the Second world war, without exception. So everything remains as it is.

So, too, the mood is: Three-quarters of all Russians against a return, it is said in surveys. Putin could indeed over, he would have but then the "problems of pension reform, only worse," wrote more and more on a nationalist course swivel at the end of the network newspaper "gazeta.ru". It would indeed be difficult to explain that Russia was declared in the West, the annexation of the Crimea as a long-overdue reunion, and in the East, a strategically important position gives up.

summit at the end of the month

but that is Exactly what Japan requires. In the contract should be that both sides renounce the use of compensation for the events of the war. In clear text this means: From the point of view of Tokyo, Russia has become prey to the Kuril Islands as a "war" and you expect a return. A compromise seemed to be at the start of Negotiations impossible. The Japanese Delegation was to the Displeasure of the Russian Ministry of foreign Affairs, therefore, already pre-announced, a joint Statement will not give it to the conclusion of the Kono-visit in Moscow.

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Japan and Russia have vital interests to come to an agreement. In the efforts to achieve a relaxation of the relationship is, ultimately, even more than the access to the biological resources and the soil of the Region's treasures. Especially the growing strength of China is forcing both countries formally to relaxation and in an Alliance to create a counterweight. It would still make it a political wonder, if Putin and Abe to finish during the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister to Moscow at the end of the month the war formally.

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