Friday, July 30, 2021

Russia PM to visit disputed isle off Japan's Hokkaido

Russian President Vladimir Putin shouts to spectators as he leaves the Navy Day parade in St. Petersburg, Russia, on July 25, 2021. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool image by means of AP)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Russian prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin plans to consult with one of the Moscow-controlled, Tokyo-claimed islands in the next two days for the primary time after remaining July's constitutional change barring the country from ceding territory to a overseas vigor, Russian officers spoke of Sunday.

The planned visit to Etorofu Island with the aid of Mishustin, 2d in vigor after President Vladimir Putin, on Monday or Tuesday, will even be the first shuttle to the disputed isles by the major minister considering that his predecessor Dmitry Medvedev's discuss with in August 2019.

Putin pointed out Friday he told Mishustin earlier than the premier's commute to the Russian far East to pay added attention to the isles, adding Mishustin made a fine notion on the joint financial actions by way of Japan and Russia on the four islands usual because the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia.

both international locations have agreed to carry out joint financial projects on the islands in such areas as aquaculture, wind power and waste reduction as a have confidence-building endeavor.

The dispute over the islands -- Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and the Habomai islet neighborhood -- seized via the Soviet Union after Japan's surrender in World conflict II in 1945 has avoided the two countries from concluding a postwar peace treaty.

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