The Ukrainian government has expressed support for Japan in its claims to the disputed Kuril Islands, which have been under Russian control since 1945.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said after a debate in the Ukrainian parliament on Friday that he had signed a decree recognizing Japan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including the Kuril Islands.
“Ukraine confirmed that it respects Japan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including the Northern Territories, which are still occupied by Russia,” Zelensky said. statement.
He called on the international community to recognize Japan’s claims and stressed the need to “liberate” all lands Russia occupied and sought to maintain.
“Russia has no rights to these territories. Everyone in the world knows this very well. And we must finally act,” Zelensky said. “Only in this way can we be fully committed to international law.”
His remarks came after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law annexing the four Ukrainian regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson as a result of a referendum deemed “fake” by Ukraine and the West. was broken
Zelensky said the Ukrainian military had liberated 776 square kilometers (299 square miles) of territory and 29 settlements in the east this week from Russia’s “pseudo referendum”.
“Russia, by its example, should remind all potential aggressors of the world how the aggressive terrorist war of our time weakens and inevitably destroys those who initiate such wars.” “It will show that,” he added.
Kuril Islands dispute
Known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kuril Islands in Russia, the Kuril Islands consist of four islands: Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan, and Habomai. At the end of World War II, the former Soviet Union seized them.
Japan claimed that the islands had “never been owned by a foreign country” and had been under illegal occupation by Russia and the former Soviet Union since 1945.
Due to the conflict, the two countries have never officially signed a peace treaty. Japan started peace talks with Russia, but they were terminated by the Kremlin after Japan imposed numerous sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine.
Russia’s foreign ministry said of this basic document on bilateral relations that Russia’s “impossible to discuss with a state that maintains a clearly unfriendly position and seeks to harm Russia’s interests.” said.
Apart from suspending peace treaty negotiations, Russia also suspended visa-free travel for Japanese and withdrew from talks with Japan on expanding economic activity.