TASS, 2 Aug. Tokyo hopes that through a trust relationship established between the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, the parties solve the problem of membership of the southern part of the Kuril Islands. This was stated on Thursday, a member of the lower house of the Japanese Parliament from the opposition Constitutional democratic party Kazuhiko Ecomico at a meeting with Russian Senator Viktor Ozerov.

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According to him, for more than 60 years since the signing of the joint Soviet-Japanese Declaration (formally proclaimed the end of war and restored diplomatic relations – approx. TASS), the bilateral ties have been significantly strengthened, but the conclusion of a peace Treaty between the two countries continues to be hampered by the unresolved territorial dispute .

“We wholeheartedly expect progress this issue on the basis of a trustful personal relationship between the two leaders – Prime Minister Abe and President Putin,” – said Comico.

“I hope that this problem with four Islands will be resolved, which will contribute to the strengthening of friendly relations between the two countries”, – added the MP.

Moscow and Tokyo many decades conducting consultations with the aim of developing a peace Treaty at the end of the Second world war. The main obstacle to this is the membership of the South part of the Kuril Islands: after the war, the entire archipelago was incorporated into the Soviet Union, but Tokyo disputes ownership of the Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and group of Islands, which in Japan is called Habomai. As repeatedly stated by the Russian foreign Ministry, the Russian sovereignty over them with appropriate international legal design, not subject to doubt.