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The Kurillian KnotA History of Japanese-Russian Border Negotiations$
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Hiroshi Kimura

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758352

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758352.001.0001

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Toward Normalization of Relations

Toward Normalization of Relations

(p.57) Chapter 4 Toward Normalization of Relations
The Kurillian Knot
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This chapter addresses the normalization of Soviet–Japanese relations. A Soviet delegation, headed by Andrey Gromyko, took part in the San Francisco Peace Conference, but left without signing the treaty. The inconclusive legal situation leading from the San Francisco Peace Treaty is a transitory one and must in future somehow be brought to a proper conclusion. Whatever its reasons for not signing the Treaty, the Soviet Union's refusal to do so was, at least in terms of policy toward Japan, particularly with regard to the Northern Territories dispute, a “great blunder,” in Russian krupnyi proschët. The first opportunity to enhance Soviet–Japanese relations came not long after Joseph Stalin's death in 1953. The approaches of Nikita Khrushchev to Japan, aimed at normalizing relations, were also part of this historical transformation in Soviet foreign relations. After the normalization of relations, both countries were to continue negotiations for a peace treaty.

Keywords:   normalization, Soviet–Japanese relations, Andrey Gromyko, San Francisco, Peace Treaty, Soviet Union, Japan, Nikita Khrushchev, peace treaty

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