Japanese sovereignty covers Russia’s South Kurils: PM Kishida

SAKHALIN REGION, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 8, 2018: An aerial image of Olya Bay and the island of Iturup in Russia’s Far East; Iturup is one of the southern Kurile Islands, which are claimed by Japan. Sergei Krasnoukhov/TASS. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

TOKYO, Oct 12, 2021, TASS. Japanese sovereignty covers the South Kuril Islands, new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told the lawmakers Tuesday, TASS reported.

“Our country’s sovereignty covers the Northern Territories [Japan’s name for the South Kurils – TASS],” the Prime Minister claimed. “We must solve this issue and not leave it to future generations. The government intends to sign a peace treaty with Russia, resolving the issue of these islands’ sovereignty.”

Russian Foreign Ministry stated repeatedly that the Russian sovereignty over these territories is cemented in the international law and could not be challenged.

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