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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:09 PM
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Putin firmly defends Russia's sovereignty for Kurile Islands, Japan insist
http://english.pravda.ru/main/18/88/350/16223_Kurile.ht...

The return of the islands is the basis of the peace treaty with Russia, Japanese politicians say

The scandal between Russia and Japan regarding the sovereignty of Kurile Islands has resumed this week again. Answering a question from a resident of Sakhalin in Russia's Far East during a call-in conference held on September 27, President Vladimir Putin stated that the sovereignty of Russia's four Kurile Islands was not to be discussed. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said two days later, though, that Japan would continue to insist on the return of the islands. According to Koizumi, it would be the mandatory condition upon which Japan would agree to sign the peace treaty.

Speaking about relations with Japan, the Russian president said that there were certain questions left that the two countries had unsolved, including the one about the sovereignty of Kurile Islands. "It is a very sensitive question both for Russia and for Japan. I am certain that we always can find variants that would be good for the both sides," Putin said. The president added that the islands are under the Russian sovereignty that is fixed by international agreements. "These are the results of WWII, and we are not going to discuss anything at this point," Putin concluded.

The Japanese administration responded with a rather predictable reaction. The Japanese PM said in the parliament that Japan was advancing steadily to sign the peace treaty with Russia after the return of the four South Kurile Islands. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda was more explicit in his statement: "The return of the islands is the basis of the peace treaty. There are certain doubts about Russia's sufficient awareness of all historical nuances. That is why Japan constantly needs to repeat its requirements on the matter," Hosoda said.

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Getting testy!!!
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tompayne1 Donating Member (346 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:22 PM
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1. poor japan
russia in the north. china everywhere else, within NK missile range, they are getting hammered.
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Jim Sagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:33 PM
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2. Poor Japan?
:rofl:
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tompayne1 Donating Member (346 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:36 PM
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3. i have lots of sympathy based down there
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Yupster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 02:01 AM
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4. Russia's most ridiculous land claim is
the area around Kaliningrad, in what used to be East Prussia.

After WWII, the USSR removed the German civilians chasing most away with terror and rape and deporting the rest. Then Russians were moved into the homes and voila, Russian.

The names of the cities and villages had to be changed so Konigsberg became Kaliningrad, and Memel became Klaipeda.

Then when Lithuania, Latvia and Byelorussia became independant, that left this little enclave of Russia separated from the rest of Russia by hundreds of miles.

I don't know what will ever happen to this land? Maybe it will be independant some day, or maybe it will be like a free Russian port kind of like a bigger Hong Kong?

I don't think it can ever go back to Germany because it would be an island of land away from Germany too, and giving it back would open up the question of all the German land stolen by the Poles after the war as Breslau became Wroclau, Stettin became Szeczin, and Allenstein became Olsztyn.

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Qibing Zero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 02:04 AM
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5. The UN should just take the land for their new HQ.
Stuff like this is just so petty.
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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 06:41 AM
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6. Hasn't Japan occupied Okinawa since 1872? If so, Japan should leave
Edited on Sat Oct-01-05 06:49 AM by jody
Okinawa as a precedent for Russia to follow.

ON EDIT ADD:
The U.S. should also leave Hawaii since we've occupied it since about 1893.
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