Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe still has hope for progressive dialogue on the Kuril Islands dispute; however, President Vladimir Putin with all his actions shows that he is not even going to talk about it. And the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the island of Etorofu is another proof of that. It is reported by the Japanese edition Yomiuri Shimbun.
According to the Japanese political experts, Medvedev’s visit is absolutely inexcusable, since on the 70th anniversary of “the Soviet occupation” this move is certain to approve again the actual power Russia over these territories.
The visit took place despite protests from Japan. This fact constitutes a serious breach of sovereignty. Naturally, Foreign Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida stated to the Russian Ambassador Tokyo, that these actions “hurt the Japanese people’s feelings.”
Japan acts with an eye on China’s military buildup and therefore pays special attention to relations with Russia, so that Moscow and Beijing are not making “anti-Japanese” alliance, Yomiuri Shimbun reports.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expects President Putin’s visit to Japan during this year, aiming, relying on personal relationships, to make progress in solving the territorial problem. But the recent Russia’s steps has shown that the government has no serious intentions to achieve results.
Even if the visit takes place, one can hardly expect a meaningful conversation and visible results, edition states. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida asserts he intends to freeze preparations to his visit to Russia, thus the Japanese strategy has almost reached a deadlock.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, is openly hostile, and relies on the promotion of patriotism among the Russians, to make it a mainstay of his power. Putin also mentioned the usage of nuclear weapons, and the country is stepping up military capacity and continues military provocations against the Western countries. Changing the status quo through military means that, in fact, what happened to the Crimean peninsula, all the more unacceptable, the article said.
Japan, together with the United States must continue to convince Putin that Russia’s national interest is in compliance with international standards and constructive behavior, Yomiuri Shimbun summarizes. This should be done in various forums such as the UN General Assembly in the autumn and the meeting of APEC.
As we reported earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded the bridge across the Kerch Strait to annexed Crimea to be finished by the end of 2018.