Will Russia and Japan achieve peace?

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the door open for a future peace process between Russia and Japan

Will Russia and Japan achieve peace?

"Negotiations will continue, it is clear that each party, for internal reasons or other causes, has its own limitations and guidelines, but from the strategic point of view the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe and the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin confirmed the provision to work to sign the peace agreement, " were the most recent statements by the Kremlin's spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, to Rossiya Channel 1 . "For each party, this issue is of special importance," he added.

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To his words, adds that in the middle of the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, on September 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to the re-elected Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, to make a peace agreement without no type of condition before finishing 2018.

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"70 years ago we tried to solve our differences. We have been negotiating for 70 years. Shinzo said, "Let's change focus!" Indeed, come! Let's sign a peace treaty by the end of the year without preconditions, "Putin told several Russian media and the applause of those present.

At that moment, Abe did not speak. However, before Putin announced his intentions, Abe said: "Relations between Russia and Japan are advancing at a rate never seen before (...). Only one obstacle remains (...) and it is nothing less than that both countries must sign a peace treaty. If we do not do it now, then when? We are both aware that this will not be easy. But we have a duty to future generations." Two days later he hinted that he would have a very important meeting with Putin at the end of 2018.



What has prevented peace negotiations from taking place?

The return of the islands Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai, territories of the north for Japan, is one of the conditions that Tokyo has demanded to Moscow from 1945 when the Second World War ended. Their claim is reinforced by the argument of the Bilateral Trade and Borders Treaty that was signed with the former Soviet Union on February 7, 1855. However, Sputnik News stands out.

"On February 2, 1946, the Supreme Presidency of the Soviet Union decreed the Iturup Islands, Kunashir, Shikotan, and Habomai part of the Soviet Union", after the agreement between the US, the USSR, and England, in 1945, adds the same means.

The territorial conflict could delay the peace negotiations between Russians and Japanese, because in those islands, as analyzed, none of the inhabitants has declared themselves Russian or Japanese, which leaves them in limbo. But to reach an agreement between the two powers, they would have to belong to some and benefit from the civil rights and laws of the country that exercises sovereignty for good.

Putin's insistence on peace

In May 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly announced to his country that in the peace process with Japan, one had to be patient, as it was "naive to think that it can be resolved in an hour". At that time, according to El Independiente, he expressed his position in favor of achieving peace and with that "to seek solutions that are convenient for both Russia and Japan".


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Translated from: '¿Se logrará la paz entre Rusia y Japón'

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