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Japanese Foreign Ministry learned the opinion of the Russians about the Kuriles
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan learned the opinion of the Russians about the problem of the Kuril Islands. According to the results of the survey, 41% of respondents believe that both countries should agree on the ownership of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai on terms acceptable to each other.
As the TASS, 53% of respondents confidently stated that the islands belong and will continue to belong to Russia. Only 2% of Russians who took part in the survey found that there are specific grounds for the transfer of the territories of Japan. The Japanese Foreign Ministry poll was conducted by telephone in February of this year. 3 600 people aged from 18 to 69 years took part in it. Other data on the methodology of the survey in the department did not lead.
A similar survey at the same time in the Sakhalin region conducted VTsIOM. Then the absolute majority of the residents surveyed responded that Russia should not give the island of Japan.
In early February, the head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Taro Kono, announced that they would sign a peace treaty only on condition Russian payments of material compensation for the Southern Kuriles. Tokyo justifies this by saying that the "northern territories" were illegally occupied. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded that Russia does not intend to agree to a peace treaty with Japan on its terms or in exchange for investment.