A month ago, a nationwide rally was held in the Japanese capital for the return of the northern territories. I am for the current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is waiting for elections this year, the question of the Kuriles is the most important foreign policy task.
Russia's position is to deny the very possibility of transferring the islands to Japanese control. However, in order to normalize relations with our neighbors, we offered to engage in their arrangement jointly: to build joint ventures, housing, roads, and develop business. At the same time, we were ready to give Japan the maximum preferences and opportunities.