Moscow regrets Japan's claim over disputed islands in textbooks

13:56, April 05, 2011      

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Russia regretted Japan's expression of "illegal occupation" in new middle-school textbooks over the disputed Southern Kuril Islands, which are also claimed by Japan as its Northern Territories, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a Monday statement.

"We would like to remind Japan once again that Russia's sovereignty over the islands is indisputable," the statement said.

Russia's sovereignty over these territories is based on the results of World War II and several international conventions, the statement noted.

"We can only regret to the unfriendly spirit still in Tokyo to continue shaping the young generations' attitudes towards a neighboring state," the statement added.

Last week, the Japanese Education Ministry approved the new textbooks for junior high school students.

Russia and Japan have long been at odds over the sovereignty of the four Pacific islands. The disputes on the islands have blocked a peace treaty between the two countries since the end of World War II.

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