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Foreign Ministry protested the Japanese prime minister statement on the Kuril Islands

May 21 2009

Statement by Prime Minister Taro Aso that the "continuing illegal occupation by Russia of the South Kuril Islands," protested the official representative of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andrei Nesterenko. According to him, the Japanese side is aimed at the satisfaction of their claims of misconduct.

Taro Aso, during the debate in the budget commission of the upper house of parliament in Japan called the Southern Kuriles "illegally occupied territories" and said that Russia is waiting for clarification on the approach to solving this problem.

"Saying the head of the Japanese government declared itself against Tokyo intention to seek mutually acceptable solutions to border demarcation with Russia. Judging by the statement referred to Mr Aso, the Japanese side is not configured to search for solutions that would satisfy both sides, and the satisfaction of their claims of misconduct," - "Nesterenko said.

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