View of the Bay of the South Kuril island of Kunashir in the Kuril chain
Photo: Vladimir Sergeev / TASS
Japan expressed protest to Russia after the Russian government had given the names of five of the Kuril Islands. Tokyo calls the Islands disputed
Japan has sent Russia a note of protest in connection with the assignment by the Russian government five Kuril Islands names. About it reports on Tuesday, February 14, the Agency Kyodo.
Last Friday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on the naming of previously unnamed five Kuril Islands.
It was reported that the Islands were named in honor of Lieutenant General Kuzma Derevyanko, General-Lieutenant Alexei Gnecco, diplomat Andrei Gromyko, former Governor of Sakhalin Igor Farkhutdinov and captain Anna Shchetinina. With the idea of giving names to the Islands were made by Sakhalin division of Russian geographical society.
Chairman of the Department Sergey Ponomarev at the same time in an interview with TASS said that due to the disposal of the government a number of the Kuril Islands has increased to 82. “The names that appeared on the map of Russia, unfortunately, forgotten. We know that was an act of surrender of Japan, and the fact that it was signed by the General Kuzma Derevyanko, do not remember,” — said Ponomarev, adding that to name the island in honor of Andrei Gromyko proposed that the Ministry of foreign Affairs.
All the Kurile Islands were incorporated into the USSR after the Second world war. The membership of Russia Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and group of Islands Habomai in the composition of the Small Kuril chain disputed by Japan.
In mid-December last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Japan where he held talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japanese Prime Minister after the meeting said that the talks “was an important and big step forward towards conclusion of a peace Treaty between Japan and Russia.” However, noted Abe, to talk about the solution to the problem of the Kuril Islands “too early”.
Putin after the meeting confirmed that the parties discussed including “the possibility of concluding a peace Treaty”. The President noted that countries need to stop “historical ping-pong” on the issue of Smoking and understand that it is necessary to finally resolve it in the interests of both parties.
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