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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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The Putin Years

The Putin Years

(p.117) Chapter 8 The Putin Years
The Kurillian Knot
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This chapter deals with the service of Vladimir Putin, who was elected president of Russia in 2000 and made his first official visit to Japan in the same year. During his stay, he showed very little interest in concluding a peace treaty to resolve the territorial problem. If Putin were a pragmatist, the strategic, geographic, and economic significance of relations with Japan would eliminate the possibility of allowing any chill in relations between the two countries and certainly would make any posturing toward the Japanese unthinkable. He agreed that Junichiro Koizumi should soon visit Russia to develop the Japan–Russia Action Plan. Some of the Plan's sections referred to cooperation in the international arena and in defense and security. Furthermore, Putin made his second official visit to Japan in 2005. The November 2005 summit meeting showed no progress whatsoever for Japan on the territorial issue.

Keywords:   Vladimir Putin, peace treaty, territorial problem, Junichiro Koizumi, Action Plan

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