Having occupied a part of Ukraine, President Putin, as expected, has opened a Pandora"s Box. Now each state, which had not previously tried to express their claims regarding the disputed territories out of deference to international law, may now require their lands.
Thus, during a visit to Belgium the Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said that the attempts to change the boundaries of Ukraine through violent seizure were very similar to the actions of Russia in the Kuril Islands, which somehow became a part of the USSR in the middle of the last century.
The issue of the Kurils has long strained Russian-Japanese sentiment. The Russian Foreign Ministry immediately responded to Kishida"s statement saying that the island became a part of the Russian Federation at the end of the Second World War, and Tokyo distorts history.
However, the Japanese government responded, that it is not Tokyo who distorts history, but Moscow. After all, the Soviet Union invaded the Empire of Japan when it already surrendered to the U.S. after the Potsdam Conference.
It is interesting that now Vladimir Putin is preparing for the visit to Japan. The territorial issue can not be untouched, and the question is how both sides can be engaged in a dialogue after such an attempt to stifle debate.