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The Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement Wednesday repudiating the Japanese foreign minister's comments on the disputed sovereignty of the southern Kuril Islands
The Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement Wednesday repudiating the Japanese foreign minister's comments on the disputed sovereignty of the southern Kuril Islands, and Russia's handling of the natural gas dispute with Ukraine. The ministry called Taro Aso's statements "interference in Russia's domestic affairs" and said they "contradict the content and nature of agreements reached between Russia and Japan during their summit in November 2005." On February 18, at an informal meeting between Cabinet ministers and public organizations, Taro Aso proposed installing special receiving equipment for residents of the four disputed South Kuril islands, to enable people to watch Japanese TV, and reach their own conclusions on where they would have better life, in Russia or in Japan. The Japanese minister also commented on the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine, in which Russian energy giant Gazprom temporarily cut of supplies to its neighbor, after insisting on a five-fold price increase. Earlier on Wednesday, Japan's charge d'affaires in Russia was invited to the Foreign Ministry in Moscow, and was informed of the ministry's stance. "The statements by the Japanese foreign minister made it clear that the Japanese side intends to turn a serious and sometimes complicated dialogue into unilateral public rhetoric on the problem of a peace treaty, on which Russia and Japan have differing views," the ministry said. The ministry advised that Japan abstain from such public statements, "which are entirely unacceptable coming from a partner nation." The dispute over the sovereignty of the southernmost Kuril Islands to the northeast of Japan, currently under the administration of Russia's Sakhalin Region, dates back to the end of World War II, when the Soviet Union claimed the islands under Allied agreements. Japan has consistently stated that this was illegal and the row has prevented Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty officially ending the war.
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