Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Maehara Lodges Representations to Mr. Mikhail Bely, Russian Ambassador to Japan, Concerning the Visit to the Northern Territories by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

November 1, 2010

On November 1 (Mon), Mr. Seiji Maehara, Minister for Foreign Affairs, summoned Mr. Mikhail Bely, Ambassador to Japan of the Russian Federation, for about 20 minutes from 12:15 p.m. to express his regret and lodged representations as outlined below concerning the visit to Kunashiri Island by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
In response, Ambassador Bely expressed Russia's basic position, and stated that (1) President Medvedev's visit is  purely a domestic matter, (2) the worsening of Russo-Japan relations is not beneficial for both sides, and (3) he would promptly report Japan’s representations to his government.

  1. President Medvedev's visit to Kunashiri Island contradicts with Japan's basic position and neglects the feelings of the Japanese people. It is extremely regrettable and Japan lodges a protest.

  2. On September 29, I (Minister Maehara) conveyed to you our serious concern  that Russia’s President’s visit to the Northern Territories would deteriorate Japan-Russo relations.

  3. Despite the expression of such concern, President Medvedev visited Kunashiri Island this time, which raises doubt about Russian government's stated intention to enhance its relationship with Japan.

  4. The Government of Japan has no choice but to take appropriate action in response to President Medvedev's visit to the Northern Territories and the President's remarks and activities during the visit. I request you to convey this message to your government.