Japan will not sign a peace treaty with Russia in case the two countries can’t resolve their territorial dispute over the Southern Kurils, a group of four islands currently under the jurisdiction of Russia but claimed by Japan, as stated by the new Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida.
“There will be no peace treaty with Russia without resolving the territorial issue,” Kishida said.
However, the Prime Minister promised to strive to develop the entire complex of Japanese-Russian relations, including the signing of a peace treaty. In his phone talk with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Kishida stressed his willingness to negotiate a peace treaty and revealed his willingness to have a face-to-face meeting with the President.
As reminded, Russia and Japan did not sign a peace treaty at the end of World War I, leaving the dispute over the Southern Kurils to be the main sticking point staying on the way.