Russia will not “beg” for a peace treaty with Japan - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Mikhail Metzel/TASS
Russian Foreign Minister rules out ceding Southern Kurils.

Russia has no plans to cede the Southern Kuril Islands and “beg” for a peace treaty with Japan, Russian Foreign Minister said on May 31.

“We won't cede the Kuril Islands and we won't beg Japan for a peace agreement,” Lavrov said on a web chat on the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper’s website.

Japan has set the return of the Southern Kuril Islands as a precondition for signing a World War 2 peace treaty with Russia.

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