Svetlana Zhurova: “Abe’s harsh statement on the southern Kuril Islands speaks of his disagreement with Putin’s position”

The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe, could make a statement on the spread of Japan’s sovereignty over all the territories of the Southern Kuriles demonstrating his disagreement with the position of Russian President Vladimir Putin on this issue, believes the First Deputy Chairwoman of the Committee on International Affairs. According to her, Russia will negotiate within the framework of international law, nothing more, and the territories will remain ours
First Deputy Chairwoman of the Committee on International Affairs Svetlana Zhurova
First Deputy Chairwoman of the Committee on International Affairs Svetlana Zhurova

“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.