Contents tagged with Kuril Islands

  • U.S. recognizes Russians born in Kuril Islands as Japanese

    The United States said that, for its Diversity Visa Program, residents of the South Kuril Islands will be considered to be natives of Japan.

    In the instructions for the Diversity Visa Program published by the U.S. Department of State, it is noted that “persons born in the Habomai Islands, Shikotan, Kunashiri, and Etorofu are chargeable to Japan”.

    At the same time, the program states  that “persons born in Southern Sakhalin are chargeable to Russia”.

    In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry …

  • Russia deploys surface-to-air missiles on disputed Kuril Islands

    Russia has announced the deployment of advanced air defense missiles in the disputed Kuril Islands.

    The press service of the Russian Eastern Military District said in a statement that the S-300B4 anti-aircraft missile systems were put on combat duty in the Kuril Islands in addition to the short-range Tor M2 missile systems stationed there.

    The Zvezda (Star)TV channel of the Russian Defense Ministry reported that anti-aircraft missile systems are located on the island of Iturup, one of the …

  • Russia deploys S-300 missile systems to Kuril Islands

    As part of the exercise, the anti-aircraft missile unit of the Eastern Military District, equipped with the latest S-300V4 missile system, will be deployed to the Kuril Islands, announced the press service of the Eastern Military District.

    "The anti-aircraft missile division of the Eastern Military District stationed in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast began the exercise to relocate one of its units over a long distance," the district's press service said.

    As part of the exercise, the unit will …

  • Japan protests against Russia’s geological exploration near Kuril Islands

    Japan sent a note of protest to Russia because of the geological exploration in the Sea of Okhotsk, including near the Kuril Islands, said Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Japanese government, Yoshihide Suga. His speech was published on the website of the Japanese government.

    According to him, Tokyo is following Russia's actions in the region, which are not in compliance with Japan's position.

    "We sent our message to Russia, saying that it is not in compliance with the position of our country," …

  • Russian Foreign Minister explains why peace treaty with Japan cannot be signed

    The conclusion of a peace treaty between Russia and Japan is hindered by the military-political alliance between Tokyo and Washington, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters in Nagoya, Japan. The broadcast of his speech was published on Twitter by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    "The military alliance with the United States, of course, is a problem in giving a new quality to Russian-Japanese relations," he said. The Minister recalled that when agreeing on the Soviet- …

  • Kremlin: Russia's relations with Japan have reached a dead end

    The Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov in the program "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" on Russia 1 TV channel said that the Kremlin regrets that Russia and Japan cannot find a solution to the issues in their relationship.

    "We state with regret that we have not yet managed to solve several fundamental problems," Peskov said. He stressed that Moscow has a positive attitude to the development of relations with Tokyo.

    The World War II peace treaty between Russia and Japan has not been …

  • Russia is ready to give Japan two disputed Kuril Islands with conditions

    The Russian authorities are ready to hand over two disputed Islands of Shikotan and Habomai of the Kuril archipelago to Japan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the handover of the two Islands is possible only after Japan's recognition of the results of the Second World War and the conclusion of a peace treaty, report Russian state TV channels.

    Lavrov also added that Russia is a legal successor of the USSR and therefore, recognizes the Declaration of 1956, according to which the …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry summons Japanese Ambassador over Kuril Islands

    The Ambassador of Japan in Russia, Touchesa Kazuki, was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry where Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov informed him of the inadmissibility Tokyo’s criticism over the actions of Russia in the Kuril Islands, says Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Earlier, Tokyo criticized the visit of the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the Kuril Islands and protested because of the military drills at Kunashir Island. On August 2 , Dmitry Medvedev …

  • Japan condemns Russian Prime Minister's visit to Kuril Islands

    The visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the Kuril Islands damages Russian-Japanese relations, and Tokyo opposes Moscow's actions, reads the statement of the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

    "After the war, the territorial dispute with the Soviet Union and Russia was not resolved, even though more than 70 years have passed. In such circumstances, the visit of the Russian Prime Minister to the Northern territories (the Japanese description of the Southern Kuril Islands) is condemned by …

  • Japan-Russia peace treaty talks fall through yet again

    A new round of Russian-Japanese peace treaty negotiations has come to nothing. Since the end of World War II, a peace treaty between Japan and Russia, as the legal successor to the Soviet Union, has still not been signed. A declaration that the state of war between the counties has ended was signed in 1956.

    Until now, Japan has demanded that Russia return the southern islands of the Kuril chain – Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai. In negotiations on 14 July, Russia refused to even discuss …