Being asked if this meant that Russia was ready to cede the islands to Japan, Mr. Lavrov said, "I have not said this. I have said that we acknowledge this declaration as the Soviet Union's successor".
The Communist leader is convinced that Russia and Japan have no territorial problems because the belonging of these islands to Russia is determined not only by historic factors but also our country's victory in World War II with Japan's complete and unconditional surrender. Any references to the 1956 Soviet-Japanese declaration are absolutely inadmissible because they do not contain any obligations of our country to cede the Kurile islands to Japan," reads Gennady Zyuganov's statement.
Commenting on Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov statement on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was always ready to fulfill its obligations, especially, ratified documents.