The deputy of the upper house of the Japanese parliament Muneo Suzuki believes that the solution to the problem of the “northern territories” (we are talking about the Southern Kuril Islands) is possible only under one condition — the country should be led by Vladimir Putin. This is reported by Free News with reference to the Japanese agency “Kyodo.”
“The problem of the northern territories can be solved only under the presidency of Putin. If this is missed, there will be no solution in the future,” Suzuki said.
It is also noted that in circles close to the Prime Minister’s office and the Japanese Foreign Ministry, they do not think that the negotiations will progress. “It is doubtful that Russia will really start negotiations,” the agency’s source in the Foreign Ministry doubted.
Nevertheless, the agreement to continue negotiations on the Kuril Islands based on previous agreements was confirmed during the first telephone conversation between Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Sugi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in September last year. It is specified that at a meeting with foreign news agencies in the framework of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) Putin said that the changes made by Russia to the constitution do not mean the end of the dialogue with Japan on the conclusion of a peace treaty.