Russia has not changed its own approach to the subject has Smoked in relations with Japan after the reunification with Crimea, said in the process of a Straight line, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"We are ready for dialogue with Japan on this score (the Kurile Islands), as well as among them on the basis of known documents, 1956, which have been ratified by the Japanese Parliament," Putin said, RIA " Novosti ".
"Crimea Is not the only area where citizens lived, and the citizens voted on annexation with Russia, and we should respect their choice. As for the Islands that you mentioned (Kuril Islands - approx. OPINION), there are citizens who are unlikely to vote for annexation to Japan. That is another issue associated with the results of the Second world war, " Putin said correspondents. Recall, on January 21, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan Fumio Kishida, while in Belgium, compared the problem of the South Kuril Islands with the situation in Ukraine. In the early winter of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said That Japan wants to work towards solving the territorial issue with Russia and the signing of the peace Treaty. We will emphasize Japan's claim to the Kuril Islands: Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai archipelago, pointing to the bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. The return of the Islands to Tokyo made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia, which at the conclusion of the Second world war was never signed. Russia's position is That the Southern Kuril Islands became part of the USSR on the results of the war and the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over them, which is international-legal registration, can not be questioned. In Crimea on March 16 of last year held a referendum on the status of autonomy, more than 96% of participants who were in favor of joining region in Russia. on March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on ratification of the agreement on joining of the Crimea and Sevastopol a part of Russia, as well as the decree about formation of the Crimean Federal district.