Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday (August 2) visited one of the four Pacific islands disputed between Russia and Japan, to the disappointment of Tokyo.
the Island of Iturup
known as Etorofu in Japanese, one of the four islands called Southern Kurils in
Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan.
Medvedev's are incompatible with Japan's
position on the Northern Territories
and hurt the feelings of the Japanese people, the Japanese Foreign Ministry
Russia, however, dismissed the Japanese
statement. "This is our land. This is a subject of the Russian Federation,"
Medvedev said at a press conference on the island, according to an official
Moscow and Tokyo have failed to sign a postwar peace
treaty due to their rival claims to the four islands.
According to a
joint declaration signed in 1956, the then Soviet Union agreed to return two of
the islands on condition that a bilateral peace treaty was signed, which was
rejected by Japan, the pre-war owner of the islands.
Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed during their
meeting last November in Singapore
to start peace talks based on the 1956 joint declaration.
progress has been made so far despite several rounds of talks.
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