Japan expressed protest over Russia naming unnamed Kuril Islands, which are part of the contested Tokyo, he told the secretary general of the Japanese Cabinet Ёsihide Suga.
Earlier, Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree according to which the five islands of the Kuril chain were named: one named after the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Supreme Soviet Presidium Andrei Gromyko, the other – in memory of the former governor of the Sakhalin region Igor Farkhutdinova, third and fourth – in honor of the generals Kuzma Derevyanko and Alexei Gnechko fifth was named in honor of Anna Shchetinina, sea captain.
“It does not meet the position of our country and causes extreme regret through diplomatic channels on February 13 was sent Russia a protest.” – Quoted Sugi agency Kyodo.
Tokyo claims the Southern Kurile islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai, putting their transfer to Japan the condition of concluding a peace treaty with Russia, which at the end of the Second World War and was not signed. Currently, the government of Russia and Japan have stepped up co-operation and negotiations on a peace treaty, including preparing to discuss the possibility of joint economic activities on the southern Kurils, which Tokyo considers its own.
Moscow’s position is that the southern Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet Union following the Second World War and the Russian sovereignty over them has a corresponding international legal formalization. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin on the eve of talks with Prime Minister of Japan on the territorial dispute with respect to the Kuril Islands, said that Moscow “does not trade in territories”, naming the key issue of a peace treaty between the two countries.
Original: RIA Novosti