The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, in an interview with journalist Anton Krasovsky on the YouTube channel “Antonyms”, commented on Russia’s relations with Japan.
Answering the question about the possibility of “transferring” the Kuril Islands to conclude a peace treaty with Japan, Zakharova stressed that this topic, according to the Russian Constitution, can no longer “be discussed in any way.”
At the same time, she stated that Russia is ready for negotiations with Japan to develop relations.
“On the one hand, we are ready and are negotiating, but they all somehow do not refuse, including from building up cooperation with the United States on deploying … different, anti-missile systems … We are talking about the need to develop normal mutually beneficial bilateral relations,” she said.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia wants and will develop relations with Japan, but will do so only in accordance with the main Russian law.
According to the amendments to the Constitution of Russia adopted in 2020 following the results of a nationwide vote, discussion of the alienation of Russian territories is not allowed. Recall that 77.92% of the citizens of the state voted for the adoption of the package of amendments to the Russian Constitution.