The first flight from Japan to the southern Kuril Islands was postponed for two hours due to fog

© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Chesnokova fotomontaggio in the Kuril Islands. Archival photoThe first flight from Japan to the southern Kuril Islands was postponed for two hours due to fog© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Tecnocovering the image Bank

The first Charter flight from Japan to the southern Kuriles is postponed at least for two hours due to heavy fog on Kunashir, told reporters Sunday morning at the airport of the town Nakashibetsu on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Plane far Eastern airline «Aurora» DHC 8-Q400 is already waiting on the tarmac for the first time to deliver flight 70 former residents of the South Kuril Islands and their carers to visit the graves of their ancestors under the visa-free exchange between the two countries.

«Due to heavy fog on Kunashir flight is delayed at least until 10:30 (04:30 GMT),» said one of the organizers of the visit.

The plane «Aurora» arrived in Nakashibetsu the night before.

So far for these trips were used Maritime transport, but in April of this year during the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Moscow, an agreement was reached on granting the former residents of the South Kuril Islands to visit them by plane.

According to the visit program, former residents of the South Kuril Islands will visit, it is expected that the Islands of Kunashir and Iturup, and in the same day in the evening return back to Nakashibetsu in Hokkaido.

To accompany them on the trip will be officials, including Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan, Nobuo Kishi.

The transfer of Japan of Islands of Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and Habomai Tokyo is put forward as conditions for the conclusion with Russia the peace Treaty. The position of Moscow consists that southern Kuriles became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them has the appropriate international legal registration and not be questioned.

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