FALLOUT: Japan’s ‘anti-Russian course’ makes treaty talks impossible – TASS.
Russia and Japan have not formally ended World War Two hostilities because of their standoff over islands, seized by the Soviet Union at the end of the war, just off Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido.
The islands are known in Russia as the Kurils and in Japan as the Northern Territories.
“It is absolutely obvious that it is impossible to discuss the signing of such a document (a peace treaty) with a state that takes openly unfriendly positions and allows itself direct threats against our country,” Rudenko told TASS in an interview.
“We are not seeing signs of Tokyo moving away from the anti-Russian course and any attempt to rectify the situation.”
Tokyo has gone more than 77 years without a formal peace treat with Moscow — I think they can wait a while longer.