The protests of the Japanese side in connection with a visit by Russian officials to the Kuril Islands do not cause concern for the Russian government. This was stated by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
“This is our land, this is a subject of the Russian Federation, these islands are part of the Sakhalin region. What are the reasons for our concern here? ”Medvedev quotes RIA Novosti as saying. According to the head of the federal cabinet, no coordination with Japan of trips of Russian officials to the Kuril Islands is required.
Earlier, the trip of Dmitry Medvedev to the Kuril Islands caused serious discontent among the Japanese authorities. Secretary General of the Cabinet of Japan Yoshihide Suga promised to give an adequate answer to this, not excluding the imposition of any sanctions against Russia. In addition, in the near future a note of protest over Medvedev’s visit to the Kuril Islands may be sent to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
On August 2, Medvedev flew to Iturup Island, part of the southern Kuril ridge, and held a meeting on the social development of economic growth centers in the Far East.
Four South Kuril Islands passed to the USSR in 1945 following the results of World War II. Japan still calls the Kuril Islands “temporarily occupied northern territories.” This position of Tokyo on this issue remains the main obstacle to concluding a peace treaty between Russia and Japan following the results of World War II, the Russian authorities say. Russia in recent years has repeatedly pointed out that the South Kuril Islands became part of the USSR following the results of the Second World War, and Russian sovereignty over them is not in doubt.