MOSCOW, June 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's lower house
of parliament adopted a statement on Wednesday declaring peace
treaty talks with Japan senseless unless Tokyo cancels
amendments to a law on the Kuril Islands.
On June 11, the lower chamber of the Japanese parliament
amended a bill on what Japan calls the Northern Territories,
declaring the islands "historic territory of Japan" and
demanding action for their swift return.
"Efforts to resolve the peace treaty issue do not have any
political or practical perspective" unless Japanese parliament
cancels the adopted bill, the State Duma said in a statement.