Japanese media have changed their tone and soberly assess the chances that Japan will return to the southern Kurile Islands. On this live program "60 minutes" on the channel "Russia 1" said the special correspondent VGTRK Sergei Mingazhev.
"The harsh statements of the Russian authorities, pickets and actions against the transfer of the South Kuril islands to Japan have had a moderating effect on the Japanese," he said. "Nobody says that Russia is ready to transfer two islands to Japan, who flew to Moscow for an interview with Sergei Lavrov, refused to speak to journalists, according to Mingazhev, the Japanese media publish many materials, observing the different positions of Russia and Japan: indzo Abe: whether it's a strategy or a casino game – four islands or two, and doubts that Russia is worth talking about the territories with Japan, which is in a harsh dependence on United States ".
The Japanese newspapers also inform their readers that the Russian government, in the framework of the free land transfer program in the Far East started in 2016, has transferred 442 hectares of land to its citizens for use. Thus, it is obvious that Putin's administration is constantly trying to "grow" on the "northern territories" and makes it difficult to discuss the possibility of transferring the Kuril of the South to Japan.
The special correspondent of the Russian state-owned radio and television company in Japan recalled that negotiations with the Land of the Rising Sun have been going on for a long time. At the end of the 90s, there were statements according to which this problem would have been resolved before the year 2000. Now a new wave of revitalization of the negotiations comes.
"The main conditions of a peace treaty are to solve the problem of so-called territorial affiliation: the Japanese will continue to push this idea and will hardly accept to talk about the conclusion of a peace treaty without preliminary conditions", explained Mingazhev.
"The reasoning of the Japanese about what they would do with the Russian residents after the disputed territories were handed over to them, and then the harsh statements of the Russian authorities – all this is represented as a rise in rates before negotiations According to the Japanese, Russia it has a deterrent effect on them there was something to bargain with: the Japanese still have delusions and will not remove the territorial issue from the agenda of negotiations, "concluded the special correspondent.
The talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will be held in Moscow on 14 January 2019.
As previously pointed out by representatives of the Russian ministry, the key condition for resolving the peace treaty problem is Japan's unconditional recognition of the outcome of the Second World War, including Russia's sovereignty over the southern Kurile islands.