A group of Japanese who visited the Kuril Islands, forced villages on Sakhalin

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A group of Japanese citizens arrived on Saturday the first Charter flight from Japan to the Kuril Islands, internally sat in the airport of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk at 18.20 (10.20 GMT), told RIA Novosti the representative of the press service of the air Harbor.

The first Charter flight from Japan to the Kuril Islands on Saturday arrived in the airport «Mendeleevo» on Kunashir Japanese city Nakashibetsu. On Kunashir, he landed half of the delegation, the second lucky on Iturup. To fly to Japan flights were on Saturday at 18.40 (10.40 GMT).

«Yes, the plane with the Japanese, who flew on the intermediate landing on Kunashir, sat in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on spare airfield», — said the Agency interlocutor.

However, as reported RIA Novosti in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan, emergency landing associated with bad weather.

«The group departed on the morning of Kunashir, and from there part of it went to Iturup island. It was planned that they would return to Kunashir in the course of the day, and then all together will fly back to Hokkaido. However, due to weather conditions that part of the group that was on the island of Iturup, has been unable to return to Kunashir and landed in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Thus, half of the group departed in the morning from Hokkaido, is located on Kunashir, and the other half in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

According to him, the group must return to Kunashir and Hokkaido in full force on Sunday.

Served in the South Kuril Islands a group of Japanese former residents of the Islands, their relatives and representatives of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan. In June, they had awaited the departure to Kunashir and Iturup in Nakashibetsu, but the weather did not allow then to make this flight.

Visa-free exchange between residents of the Russian South Kuril Islands and Japan has been conducted since 1992 on the basis of an intergovernmental agreement to improve mutual understanding between peoples of the two countries, the decision on the conclusion of a peace Treaty between Russia and Japan. Such visits were many, but each time a significant amount of time was spent on the movement of sea transport and bureaucratic procedures. To relieve this burden for older participants in the visits, the two governments have agreed to use for Charter flights.