Abe: a new Charter flight to the Kuril Islands for the former residents of the Islands can be arranged in the summer
MOSCOW, January 22. /TASS/. Japan and Russia have agreed to organize a new Charter for the former residents of the southern Kuril Islands, so they were able to visit the graves of their ancestors. This was stated on Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Humanitarian measures for former residents of the Islands play an important role in creating trust between the two peoples on the path to a peace Treaty. At the meeting we agreed that visiting the graves of their ancestors former residents on a Charter plane will be made this summer,” said Abe.
In September 2017, Japan, and Russia organized the first Charter flight to the southern Islands of the Kuril archipelago for their former residents. The agreement about the visa-free basis was reached at a meeting of the leaders of the two countries. Last year a similar visit took place on July 22.
Increasing numbers of tourists
The Prime Minister added that Moscow and Tokyo would strive to increase mutual tourist flow doubled to 400 thousand by 2023.