Russia wants to expand to the Kuril Islands
4/25/2022 12:06 p.m.
Almost 80 years after the end of World War II, the dispute between Japan and Russia over the Kuril Islands remains unresolved. Over the weeks, the dispute has gained momentum again. Moscow is now announcing that it wants to be massively active in the archipelago.
Russia wants to fully develop the Kuril Islands. According to the Russian news agency TASS, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trudnev made the announcement while working for Khabarovsk in the Far East. The report could disrupt relations with Japan, which claims the four southern islands of the chain. In August 2021, there were media reports that Russia was expanding its military presence in the islands.
Japan claims four southern Kuril Islands as its northern territory. The controversy began when the Soviet Union annexed the islands at the end of World War II. The conflict has so far prevented the signing of a peace agreement that would formally end the war between Moscow and Tokyo.
Relations between Tokyo and Moscow have deteriorated since the Russian occupation of Ukraine. Japan, the G7 nation, has joined Western sanctions against Russia. As a result, the Russian government announced that it would no longer pursue peace talks to formally resolve the dispute. The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that Japan wants to “damage” Moscow’s interests in Russian military operations in the neighboring country.
The Japanese government renewed its territorial claims only in early March. Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi described the four disputed islands as “integrated” by Japan, according to the Japanese daily Sangei Shimpan. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has used this formula before.
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