Moscow is concerned over Tokyo’s attempts to advise President Dmitry Medvedev from visiting the
Earlier, the Russian leader signaled his readiness to travel to the Kuril Islands in the near future in a statement that drew ire from senior Japanese officials. They urged Medvedev to refrain from the visit, which, they warned, may tarnish Russian-Japanese ties.
Nesterenko, in turn, cautioned Tokyo against what he called “irrelevant and unacceptable” attempts to lecture the Russian President. He called for the Japanese side to instead focus on boosting bilateral cooperation and finding more ways to try and finalize a post-World War II peace treaty between Russia and Japan.
Japan claims the Kuril Islands as its own and calls them the Northern Territories. Moscow rejects this pointing to WWII history and the UN Charter which refers to the islands as an essential part of Russia.