Will the Kuril Islands ignite a new conflict between Japan and Russia?

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Against the background of international attention in other hot spots around the world (Ukraine, Syria, Libya, the Middle East – ed.) a “sleeping conflict” can be awakened and grow into something more.

These are the Kuril Islands, which are under Russian administration, but Japan has claims to it. Publications in the Japanese media claim that Japan is preparing to start a new round of talks with Russia. Given that such discussions with former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vladimir Putin have failed several times, this desire on the Japanese part is a bit strange.

Japan has for years called the Kuril Islands its territory and has repeatedly threatened Russia with war to regain them. Yes, the Japanese media claim that the country is preparing for new negotiations. Still, at the same time, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs came up with a unique position that these islands are Japanese and there is no way to negotiate with the occupier. This is Tokyo’s leading position at the moment.

On the other hand, military analysts say Russia will continue to ignore similar Japanese talks and most likely deploy air defense systems and new Su-57 fighters, or a better version of Russia’s Su-35, shortly.

“Tokyo naively hopes that the United States will escalate against Russia. “Washington realizes that any serious provocation will be a pretext for a strike on US military bases in Japan, and therefore the United States will leave this issue only at the risk and risk of Tokyo,” said a Russian analyst.

Exactly when Japan intends to start such “negotiations” is not specified.


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