The Russian government has indicated this Monday that the dialogue of a peace treaty with Japan is impossible due to “the anti-Russian course” of the Japanese authorities.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko has stated that “it is absolutely obvious that it is impossible to discuss the signing of such a document with a state that adopts openly hostile positions”according to statements to the Tass agency.
Rudenko added that the Japanese government directs “direct threats” against Moscowwhile finding no sign that “Tokyo is moving away from the anti-Russian course or any attempt to rectify the situation.”
“With the start of a special military operation in Ukraine – as Russia calls the war on Ukrainian soil – the Administration (of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio) Kishida actively joined the Russophobic campaign led by the West,” he explained. the official.
Likewise, it has considered that Kishida “carried out a complete dismantling of the results of mutually beneficial cooperation accumulated over many years.”
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister has highlighted the increase in Japan’s defense spending, as he ensures that “the abandonment of peaceful development” of the Asian country is “a serious challenge to the security of Russia and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole.” ”.
“We call attention to the accelerated implementation by the Kishida Administration of the course to abandon the so-called peaceful development of the country, which has been declared for many decades, and switch to the rails of forced militarization,” he criticized.
“We warn that if this practice continues, we will be forced to take appropriate response measures to block military threats to Russia,” has warned.
Japan claims the Russian-controlled southern Kuril Islands, which Tokyo calls the Northern Territories, a territorial dispute that dates back to the end of World War II, when Soviet troops seized them from Japan. Russian Bastion systems, which have missiles with a flight range of up to 500 km (310 miles), have been deployed on the island of Paramushir, the Russian Defense Ministry said in early December.
“The coastal military of the Pacific Fleet will maintain a 24-hour surveillance to control the adjacent water area and the strait areas,” said.
The ministry said a military camp was set up in Paramushir with facilities that allow service throughout the year, accommodation, recreation and food for staff.
This deployment comes a year after Russia installed Bastion systems on the island of Matua in the central part of the Kuril range, the ministry said in a statement.
The Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies said in a September report that, overshadowed by the invasion of Ukraine, Moscow’s militarization of the Kuril Islands “It has gone largely unnoticed.”
“Russia’s steps to boost its presence suggest that the islands will continue to play a pernicious role in the future of the Russo-Japanese relations and that Japan and the United States should deepen consultations on Russia’s activities in the region.” according to the report, published on the center’s website.
(with information from EP and Reuters)