“There was a meeting recently between Putin and Abe, and, apparently, at this meeting, he (Abe. – Editor’s note) did not like what the President of Russia said to him, but, in general, the President told him what all our people are talking: that the Kuriles are Russian territory and it cannot be otherwise,” said Svetlana Zhurova.
“Yes, we will negotiate within the framework of international law, nothing more, and the territories will remain ours. We can talk about sharing, many other things, signing a peace treaty,” the member of the State Duma stressed.
“We have seen how people even reacted to the idea that the Kuriles could not be Russian territory, what a stir this caused in society, how many appeals were received, including by members of the State Duma. And the position of the President at these negotiations was clear and understandable. I think that the Prime Minister of Japan, most likely, didn’t like it very much,” Zhurova said.
On Wednesday, January 30, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe said that Japan insists that country's sovereignty applies to all the northern territories, meaning the southern Kuril Islands.