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By that time, the Cold War had already taken hold, and the position of the U. Stalin pledged to Roosevelt to keep the nationality of the Korean Peninsula intact as the Soviet Union entered the war against Japan.

As a result, it is thought that islanders are less likely to be won over by Japanese offers of financial support. Russia inherited possession of the islands from the former Soviet Union, as its successor state, in accordance with international law. In Moscow, attention has focused on the fact that Japan is breaking ranks with the Western strategy and demonstrating a greater level of flexibility towards Russia.

Recognising the existence of the dispute

Japanese administrations have consistently received popular support for upholding the territorial claims. The islands are important both economically and militarily due to their abundance of natural resources and their strategic location. Aso said after the meeting that they had agreed to speed up efforts to resolve the dispute so that it would not be left to future generations to find a solution. Japan's fishermen are also allowed to catch fish in Russia's exclusive economic zone. The Japanese assertion that the disputed islands are not part of the Kurils is simply a tactic to bolster Tokyo's territorial claim and is not supported by history or geography.

Recognising the existence of the dispute, and continuing to negotiate, grants Russia greater space for diplomatic manoeuvre. Furthermore, Japan is not bound by this document, to which it did not agree. For example, Russia has introduced visa-free trips for Japanese citizens to the Kuril Islands. Russia had been conducting scheduled flights over the Kuril Islands, but a spokesman for the Russian Air Force said that none of their aircraft entered Japanese airspace. After all, the worse the relations with the West are, the stronger public support of Putin is.

But an agreement at the Japan-Russia summit made it possible to process the requests in the sea off Smaller Kuril Archipelago, closer to the destination. And bureaucrats in the foreign ministries of both countries have made their careers from recycling the same tired arguments on the issue. Likewise, it is not obvious that a solution to the territorial issue is necessarily welcome in Japan.

Stalin agreed that the Soviet Union would enter the Pacific War three months after the defeat of Germany. The processing had previously been limited to Kunashiri Island.

The Kurile Islands shall be handed over to the Soviet Union. One of the central issues on the summit agenda was, predictably, that of a peace treaty. The explicit language of the Yalta Treaty gave the Soviet Union a right to the Kurils, and the Soviet Union upheld its own obligations under that treaty. Japan is obviously counting on concessions from Russia in exchange for increased economic ties with Japan and improved relations with the West.

Furthermore Japan is not bound by

Japanese inhabitants were repatriated two years later. In the eyes of many Russians this would be a betrayal of the memory of their fathers and grandfathers who gave their lives fighting for the disputed islands. However, a controversy remains as to what constitutes the Kuril islands group, due to translation discrepancies of the French official text of that treaty. There are also strong pressure groups interested in perpetuating the problem.