Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s answer to a question from TASS news agency on the depiction of Southern Kuril Islands as Japanese territory on the official website of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Summer Games
Question: Could you comment on the depiction of the Southern Kuril Islands as Japanese territory on the official website of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Summer Games?
Maria Zakharova: We have drawn Japan’s attention on multiple occasions to the fact that using typographic, audio-visual or other materials in which the Southern Kuril Islands of the Russian Federation are depicted as Japanese territory is unacceptable. In particular, on July 2, 2019, the Foreign Ministry expressed its protest to the Japanese Embassy in Moscow over similar actions by our partners during the G20 Summit.
It is highly regrettable that Tokyo seeks to politicise a major international sporting event such as the Olympics and clearly abuses its position as the host country of the Games that are designed to unify nations.
At the same time, the Foreign Ministry emphasises that actions of this kind by Japan cannot change the reality or bring into question Russia’s sovereignty over Southern Kuril Islands, which belong to Russia on legal grounds based on the outcome of World War II.