facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Medvedev blames Japan for slow talks

May 29, 2009 at 12:58 PM   |   Comments

1 of 5
| License Photo
MOSCOW, May 29 (UPI) -- Russia will continue negotiations with Japan over the South Kuril islands, President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday.

The four islands, which have been in Russian hands since the end of World War II, have been a stumbling block to a formal peace treaty for the past 64 years. Medvedev said Japan has impeded progress recently by suggesting the islands, former Japanese territory, do not belong to Russia, reported Novosti, the Russian news agency.

The Soviet Union declared war on Japan in 1945 just before the Japanese government surrendered to the United States.

"We will proceed with dialogue to find a mutually acceptable solution to the peace treaty problem, however we cannot but notice attempts by our Japanese partners to doubt Russia's sovereignty of the Kuril Islands," Medvedev said.

He called cooperation between the two countries "an important factor in maintaining stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region."

© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
France holds up delivery of warships to Russia France holds up delivery of warships to Russia
2
Police suspect poisoning in death of Utah family Police suspect poisoning in death of Utah family
3
Navy SEAL who claims to be Bin Laden's shooter to reveal identity on Fox News Navy SEAL who claims to be Bin Laden's shooter to reveal identity on Fox News
4
Hawaii lava update: 100 feet from home, National Guard deployed Hawaii lava update: 100 feet from home, National Guard deployed
5
Kaci Hickox won't obey Maine Ebola quarantine, state may go to court Kaci Hickox won't obey Maine Ebola quarantine, state may go to court
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback