Japanese netizens commented on the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Russian Kuril Islands. On June 14 this was reported by the new York times.
Most users agree that Russia is not going to return to Japan the Kuril Islands. In their opinion, even if it happens, it is unclear what to do with those who live there. Some of them believe that Tokyo should buy the Islands, as at the time the U.S. bought Alaska. Also among users, it is believed that the Japanese authorities to better focus on domestic issues.
“To return the “Northern Islands” is impossible. To expel the Russians will not succeed. So you need to fight not for territory, but for the akvaresursy around the Islands. It would be much more profitable for Japan,” wrote a user of mit.
According to the newspaper Yomiuri shimbun, June 12, Putin said that the Kuril Islands are home to the Russian people.
May 21, the official representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova said the decision of Japan to return to the issue of the Kuril Islands in the “Blue book diplomacy”, stating that the sovereignty over all the Kuril Islands belong to Russia.
At the end of the Second world war, Russia and Japan never signed a peace Treaty because of claims of Tokyo on the island of Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and the number of territories of the lesser Kuril ridge. Japan continues to consider them as its “Northern territories”, although by the end of the war they joined the Union. In 2018, the authorities of the two countries resumed negotiations on the basis of the Soviet-Japanese Declaration of 1956.