Moscow has no intention to keep the Japanese standpoint in mind in drawing up the work schedule of the Russian leadership and government members, and Tokyo should focus on constructive efforts towards an improvement of the atmosphere of Russian-Japanese relations and the development of mutually advantageous cooperation.
"The Japanese reaction to the visit of Russian Government Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the Iturup Island is another proof that Tokyo continues to dispute the universally recognized outcomes of WWII on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the war's end, which is a date significant to the international community," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Saturday on the occasion of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's reaction to the working trip of Medvedev to Iturup.
"Such public rhetoric makes one doubt the assurances of the incumbent Japanese government that they respect historical truth and memories of that war, which brought death and suffering to tens of millions of citizens in East Asian states," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"We would like to reiterate that we have no intention to take into account the Japanese viewpoint in drawing up the work schedule of leaders and government members, and trips to that Russian region and the consistent implementation of the federal targeted program of the socioeconomic development of the Kuril Islands (the Sakhalin region) in 2016-2025 will continue," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"Tokyo officials should better focus on constructive efforts towards improving the atmosphere of Russian-Japanese relations and developing mutually advantageous cooperation on which agreements have been reached on the summit level," the ministry said.
The Japanese news agency Jiji said that Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida summoned Russian Ambassador to Japan Yevgeny Afanasyev on Saturday to present him a note of protest against the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the South Kuril Island of Iturup.
Kishida said that the Iturup Island was an ancestral territory of Japan and the visit of Dmitry Medvedev was at odds with the Japanese standpoint and hurt the feelings of the Japanese people, which was regretful.
Jiji quoted the foreign minister as telling the press that Japan was concerned about repeating unilateral actions of Russia as regards the northern territories and insisted on a constructive position of Russia for the sake of further development of Japanese-Russian relations, including the resolution of the peace treaty issue.
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