Japan’s former prime minister proposes to recognize Crimea as Russian

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said that the country should recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia, it, according to him, will solve the problems of the “northern territories” (Russian islands Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and a number of territories of the Lesser Kuril Ridge). Yahoo News Japan reported this on Wednesday, April 21.

“To briefly characterize the solution to the territorial problem, it is crucial for Japan to show respect for the history of the Crimean problem and understanding toward Russia,” he said.

At the same time, Hatoyama clarified that Russia “worries that if we give Japan the Southern Kurils, U.S. troops will deploy military bases there.” He suggested revising the Treaty on Mutual Cooperation and Security Guarantees between the United States and Japan.

Earlier, on March 25, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that Japan was ready to continue negotiations with Russia over the ownership of the Southern Kurils on the basis of the 1956 Soviet-Japanese joint declaration.

The Kremlin confirmed its interest in this dialogue with Japan.

February 15, member of the Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Anton Morozov said that Japan should conclude a peace treaty with Russia without any preconditions. In turn, Japanese Cabinet Secretary General Katsunobu Kato said that Japan intends to persistently seek a solution to the territorial issue with Russia.

Also in February, Japan said that the absence of a peace treaty with Russia and the unresolved “northern territories” issue were deeply regrettable.