The Japanese authorities take action in connection with information about the placement of Russian missiles on the Kuril Islands of Iturup and Kunashir. As reported by the Agency Kyodo, said to journalists on Wednesday, November 23, Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan Fumio Kishida.
«We attach great importance, and after details we will respond accordingly,» said the Minister.
On the eve of the official newspaper of Pacific fleet «Fighting watch» reported that on the Kuril Islands located coastal missile systems (DBK) «Ball» on the island of Kunashir and «Bastion» on the island of Iturup.
The article said that the personnel of the coastal missile complex «Bastion» is preparing for the next firing. It was also noted that currently there is a formation of a second coastal missile division «Bastion». According to the newspaper, the personnel of the coastal missile division «Ball» in 2015, began to prepare to conduct firing exercises in the sea of Japan.
Japan claims the Northern territories — the Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai — on the basis of the Treatise about trade and borders of 1855. The return of the Islands to Tokyo is put forward as the main condition for concluding a peace Treaty with Russia, which after the Second world war and was not signed. Russia’s position is also unchanged is that the southern Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war. For this reason the Russian sovereignty over the Islands is unquestionable, point in Moscow.
Fumio Kishida at a press conference on Wednesday, added, «including and for the solution of such problems (the location of the missiles. — ed) it is necessary to solve the problem of the Northern territories», reports RIA «Novosti».
In recent negotiations over the signing of a peace Treaty between the two countries intensified. It is not excluded that the important agreements reached during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan on December 15-16. Last week, the Russian leader held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the APEC summit in Peru. Following the meeting, Putin, without going into details, said that in the discussion of a peace Treaty failed to achieve progress.
Earlier Japanese press wrote that perhaps Tokyo will sign a peace Treaty with Russia during Putin’s visit without compulsory transfer of the disputed «Northern territories.» However, the Japanese authorities have repeatedly denied such a development. On Monday, the government of Japan once again declared that does not change the approach to the question of the southern part of the Kuril Islands — it is to allow the question of ownership of the four Islands and conclude a peace Treaty with Russia.
In the Kuril Islands in 2015 was put on combat duty anti-aircraft missile systems «tor-M2U». In March 2016 the head of the defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu said that before the end of the year in the Kuril Islands plan to deploy coastal missile complexes «Bastion» and «Ball». It was also reported that the military is studying the possibility of creating a database of the Pacific fleet on the Islands of the Great Kuril ridge.
Japan has promised to respond to the deployment of Russian missiles on the Kuril Islands 23.11.2016