A peace treaty between Russia and Japan is only possible after Tokyo refuses its US relationship, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. A Duma envoy explains Moscow's position.
As Lavrov announced in the background of the G20 Justices summit in the city of Nagoya, Japan's and the USA's military cooperation "is a concern of Russian-Japanese relations." Japan is going to continue negotiations on the peace agreement with Russia, Moscow has now sent a checklist on defence and safety goals to Tokyo, "triggered by the involvement, success and power of Russia.
Alexander Sherin, vice-president of the Duma Protection Council, defined to the Russian organization RiaFan that "a nation in which foreign soldiers are located can not be free."
"Japan is inhabited by US soldiers, and for that reason, it can not behave individually... The Japanese region these days is undoubtedly swamped with American troops, which does not allow the leaders of the nation to pursue politics independently, and that is precisely why Tokyo, despite all its aspirations to recognize Russia's sovereignty over the southern Kuril Islands, is sovereign.
Russia reveals Japan's anxiety about the peace treaty
This person strongly believes that Russia does not need a peace agreement with Japan: "We definitely should not tyrannize Japan, forcing it to give us hope for a peace agreement. And we're not going to do that. Yes, it is the Japanese who are involved in joining such a deal.
The Russian lawmaker stated that there are between 60,000 to 65,000 troops in the U.S. army unit in Japan.
"These are the legions of the occupation. That form of party, in theory, enables it to conquer a government. By contrast, 10,000 people were used by the group of soldiers from the federal government who attacked Grozni on the night of December 31, 1994, to January 1, 1995.
That's six times fewer! That's why I think you can't depend on Japan as long as there are so many U.S. forces in your region, making this time a peace treaty impossible. "Sherin concluded.
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