"The problem of the peace treaty is the problem of the northern territories",- said Kishida at the press conference.
He noted that on Friday with Sergei Lavrov, "a discussion on Japanese-Russian relations will take place, including the issue of a peace treaty."
Today, the two-day visit of the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry to Japan begins, during which “prospects for a peace treaty, a territorial issue, as well as the need to enhance trade and economic cooperation between the two countries” will be discussed.
On Tuesday, Kisida said that "the problem of the peace treaty is nothing else but the problem of the northern territories."
On the same day, Lavrov stressed at a press conference that “The peace treaty theme cannot be reduced to some territorial issues, especially territorial claims, if only because the only document that was signed and ratified by both parties is the Joint 1956 Declaration of the Year,” states that the parties rejected any claims to each other, and the immediate task is to sign a peace treaty. " The Minister also noted that “There is no mention of a territorial issue being negotiated in a peace treaty.”