Russia and Japan are again discussing the identity of the Kuriles.
By the end of 2018, one of the most discussed topics on the Russian Internet again was the possible transfer of part of the Kuril Islands to Japan. Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe at the East Asian Summit in Singapore agreed to speed up negotiations on a peace agreement based on the 1956 declaration.
It says that after the conclusion of a peace treaty, Russia will transfer to Japan the island of Shikotan and several small uninhabited islands of the Little Kuril Ridge, which in Japan are called Habomai. According to Japanese media, in Tokyo, they agree to conclude a peace treaty, continuing negotiations on the most controversial islands, Iturup and Kunashir.
A spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, did not disclose the details of the talks to journalists, but several Russian and foreign media reported that Russia would discuss the fate of the islands only with the guarantee that the US military bases would not be placed on them.
For many years, Japan has claimed the islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, relying on the bilateral Treatise on Trade and the Borders of 1855. In 1956, Japan and the USSR signed a Joint Declaration, but the peace treaty at the end of World War II was never signed. But today, Moscow’s position is that the islands became part of the USSR following the results of the Second World War, and the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over them is beyond doubt.
A number of Soviet and Russian films were shot on the Kuril Islands – for example, “Life and the Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” by Stanislav Govorukhin, while tourists invariably admire the scenery.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]If someone was already in New Zealand, then, suddenly waking up on a boat in the roadstead on the island of Shikotan, they could catch a glitch of moderate severity – think that they were taken to New Zealand landscapes overnight. Well, very similar![/perfectpullquote] [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Soft, smooth, completely non-volcanic landscapes, even grass, nano-bamboo, beautifully and evenly set trees. Everything is “trimmed, painted, photographed” and shines under the usual Kuril rain. If you release the sheep and add the sun – well, a typical New Zealand somewhere in the center of the North Island![/perfectpullquote]
looked at the territory of the disputed islands in the pictures on Instagram..