Russia and Japan discussed joint activity in the Kuril Islands


RIA Novosti

Russia and Japan held talks, the theme of which was the joint economic activity on the South Kuril Islands. It is reported RIA Novosti citing a statement by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia.

“The parties discussed the list of possible priority projects of mutually beneficial cooperation in the framework of joint economic activities and agreed to present the results of joint work in the leadership of the two countries”, — said the Agency.

From the Russian side the talks were attended by Deputy foreign Minister Igor Morgulov, with the Japanese Deputy Minister for foreign Affairs of Japan Takeo Akiba. It was the second round of consultations. The agreement on joint economic activities on southern Kuriles was reached in December 2016 during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan. The main focus of the joint activities on the Islands will be tourism, fisheries, environment and health. Moscow and Tokyo never signed a peace Treaty after world war II, as Japan claims to return the Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai. Russia claims that the South Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the war.