Moscow Cites 1960 Documents over Peace Treaty Talks with Japan

Politics

Moscow, Dec. 13 (Jiji Press)--A Russian Foreign Ministry official said Thursday that 1960 Soviet government documents demanding the pullout of all foreign troops from Japan as a condition for the return of some of disputed islands should be taken into account in peace treaty talks between Moscow and Japan.

The documents referred to at a press conference by Maria Zakharova, director of the ministry's information and press department, are a memorandum that was handed to the Japanese side by Andrei Gromyko, then foreign minister of the now-defunct Soviet Union, and a related memorandum.

Zakharova made the remarks, apparently keeping in mind U.S. troops stationed in Japan.

The 1956 Japan-Soviet joint declaration stipulated that two of the four disputed northwestern Pacific islands, the Habomais and Shikotan as they are called in Japan, be handed over to the Japanese side after the conclusion of a bilateral peace treaty.

Getting angry over the January 1960 revision of the Japan-U.S. security treaty, however, the Soviet Union, in the 1960 documents in question, demanded the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Japan as a fresh condition for the handover of the two islands. Japan rejected the demand.

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