"On this occasion in Japan there is an incessant hysteria. After I stated that the South Kuril Islands are our territory, I received a message from Twitter from Japan that now my name is on a certain" death list, "he told reporters, as reported ITAR-TASS.
At the same time, Pushkov called the situation "a rather revealing manifestation of an unbalanced psyche."
"Recently, it seems that Tokyo decided to pursue a double line with respect to Russia. On the one hand, this is a line on building relations, expanding contacts. On the other hand, Japan considers it not just an insistence on negotiations with Russia over the fate of Southern I smoked, and each time in a rude manner, try to assert my own understanding of who the Southern Kurils belong to, "the head of the committee is outraged.
He expressed confidence that Russia will not succumb "to direct and rather gross pressure from Japan." Pushkov also warned the Japanese side against such a “unsuccessful double strategy”.
"If the Japanese side wants to achieve a qualitative breakthrough in relations with Moscow, then whenever it protests about some of the Russian leaders’s going to the islands, it actually undermines the positive things that it creates with Russia as a result of negotiations and the establishment of productive bilateral relationship, "he warned.
According to the Russian deputy, “if Japan wants to have interaction and negotiations on issues of concern to it, it should choose a line of conduct that will not cause outrage among Russian citizens and which will encourage the Russian side to negotiate on the full amount of issues with Japan instead of to achieve the exact opposite effect. "
Pushkov recalled that "the Japanese reaction to Dmitry Medvedev's trip to the South Kuriles caused outrage in Russian society and a large number of responses, within which Russian citizens very negatively assess the demarche of the Japanese side."
“It’s absurd to call the Russian ambassador to Tokyo and demand clarification from him about the Prime Minister’s visit to the territory that is internationally recognized as part of the Russian Federation. Almost all countries of the world recognize the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation, recognize it together with the South Kuril Islands.
The exception may be the United States, which on this issue quietly, but rather persistently supports the Japanese side. In itself, the expression of discontent on the part of Japan over Medvedev’s visit is absolutely unacceptable for Russia to be the Japanese side, "he concluded.