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Resonance: Negotiations between Russia and Japan on the possible transfer of the Kuril Islands

Putin and the Prime Minister of Japan did not say anything concrete about the transfer of Shikotan and Habomai, but in social networks agreed on the opinion that everything was already decided.

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On November 14, the East Asian Summit opened in Singapore, at which Vladimir Putin met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. During the meeting, they agreed to again discuss the peace treaty between the countries on the basis of the 1956 declaration. The media and social networks have remembered that the declaration implies the transfer of two Kuril Islands – Habomai and Shikotan.

After World War II, the USSR incorporated the entire archipelago into its membership, but Japan still disputes its southern part, including the islands of Iturup, Kunashir and Shikotan, as well as a group of small islands of the Habomai and the Small Kuril Ridge. In 1956, the countries adopted a joint declaration in which the Soviet side promised to consider the transfer of the two islands after peace was concluded.

At a press conference after a meeting with Abe, Putin stressed that the issue requires “serious processing.” “In principle, there’s only the problem that the USSR is ready to transfer the two islands of the southern part, but it doesn’t say on what grounds and under whose sovereignty they fall,” the Russian president added.

Following the talks, neither Putin nor Abe stated anything concrete about the fate of Habomai and Shikotan. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that peace must first be made, and only then territorial disputes should be resolved. At the same time, in September 2018, Japan had already refused the proposal to postpone the dispute over the Kuril Islands until the signing of a peace treaty.

In social networks have suggested that the issue of transfer of the islands has almost been resolved – just this has not yet been announced. Confidence users have added Japanese media told about the promise Japan to Putin not to place a US base in the southern Kuril Islands.


On Twitter, jokingly, they tried to turn the transfer of the islands into a “positive channel” and thought about how the media and bloggers who support Putin’s policy would write about it.


There were also users who noted that the islands of Japan would not be available.


One of the observations by commentators is that the possible assignment of the Kuriles is very “quiet.”

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