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    Japan May Deploy US Bases on South Kurils if Gains Control Over Islands

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    Japanese Security Council Secretary Shotaro Yachi said in November that Japan did not rule out the possibility of deployment of US military bases on two disputed South Kuril islands if Japan gained control over them, local media reported on Wednesday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — Yachi made the statement in November 9 at a meeting with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in Moscow, the Asahi newspaper reported.

    According to the newspaper, some Japanese government officials agree with the Yachi’s position because from their point of view if Tokyo gains control over the disputed islands, they will become subject to the 1980 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan.

    The relations between Moscow and Tokyo have been affected by a long-time territorial dispute over the four islands, namely Shikotan, Habomai, Iturup and Kunashir, which Russia calls the Southern Kurils and Japan the Northern Territories. The dispute prevented the two sides from signing a peace treaty after World War II.

    On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Japanese media outlets in an interview that the absence of the peace treaty was "an anachronism." He noted that joint economic activities on the South Kuril Islands could contribute to the development of mutual trust between the two countries. The Russian leader added that attempts to start talks with demands to transfer sovereignty over the Southern Kuril islands to Japan would result in the failure of the negotiations.

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    • Drain the swamp
      ONLY after the sarariman has realised the intention of the beast satan is to set fire to the "Library of Alexandria" that has arisen in the East, that threatens to relegate it to a has been, can there be any progress. This realisation must be followed by tangible steps by Japan to break free from the hegemony of the US satan.
    • copius
      Kuril Islands will stay with Russia forever.
      There shall be no talks on this matter.
      Case closed.
    • Erik Trete
      As it stands, Japan will not respect Russia's security interests in the kuril Islands, will not stand up to the US vis-a-vis sanctions relief. The conflict over these islands has been frozen for 75 years, Russia can afford to wait longer. Until Japan grows a pair and stands up to the US, there cannot be the kind of deep trust between the two countries necessary to resolve this sensitive issue.
    • Amin von Elysion
      russia should not be stupid and give japan anything because the japanese wont stop and will try to get more and more like they always do and with the usa on its side it wont end good for russia
    • peaceactivist2
      If so, and Putin still want to give it away? Russia is doom
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