Deputy Minister Morgulov said Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will travel to Japan to attend the Foreign Minister's Meeting of the World's Leading Developed and Emerging Economies (G20), which will take place from November 22-23 in Nagoya. .
On this occasion, Foreign Minister Lavrov and his Japanese counterpart Motegi plan to hold talks to accelerate the negotiation process to sign the peace treaty, thereby ending the dispute over sovereignty over the Russian-controlled archipelago. and called South Kuril while Japan called Northern Territory.
According to the Joint Declaration between Japan and the Soviet Union in 1956 after World War II, after the two countries signed a peace treaty, Moscow will return Tokyo 2 of the 4 islands in the disputed archipelago. The islands follow the Russian names Iturup, Kunashir, Khabomai and Shicotan, while the Japanese names Etorofu, Kunashiri, Habomai and Shikotan, respectively.
Japan argued that the Soviet Union had previously illegally occupied these islands, while the Russian side thought that it legally acquired these islands as a result of the war. Recently, the two countries have shown goodwill to resolve disputes through negotiations, but have not achieved common awareness due to their many stance.
As expected, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will visit Russia later this year. The two sides determined that a high-level negotiation framework is needed to promote bilateral relations.