The first Charter flight from Japan arrived in the southern Kuril Islands

© RIA Novosti / Ivan Sourcecategory first Charter flight from Japan to the southern Kuril IslandsThe first Charter flight from Japan arrived in the southern Kuril Islands© RIA Novosti / Ivan Zakharchenko

The first flight from Japan to the Kuril Islands took place on 23 September, the press service of the Governor of the Sakhalin region on Saturday.

«The Bombardier Q400 airline «Aurora» this morning took off from the airport to Nakashibetsu Prefecture of Hokkaido. On the Islands of Kunashir and Iturup he delivered a 68 foreign nationals. The delegation, which arrived on a visa-free basis – previously living on these lands, and their children and grandchildren, the staff of the Japanese foreign Ministry, interpreters and medical staff. They represent the 10 prefectures of Japan», – stated in the message.

The aircraft landed at the airport «Mendeleevo» on Kunashir island at 9.05 (01.05 GMT). The plane left about half of the delegation. The remainder flew to the neighboring island of Iturup.

In the Kuril Islands, guests on Saturday will visit cemeteries where their relatives are buried. Will be held memorial services. And I’ll see you tonight at 18.40 (10.40 GMT) as scheduled, the delegation will go back. The majority of participants visited the Kuril Islands in the framework of visa-free exchanges. Before that, a group from Japan was delivered to the island only by sea.

Visa-free exchange between residents of the Russian South Kuril Islands and Japan began in 1992 under 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. Visits are carried out on a national passport with a special liner, without visas.

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.

© RIA Novosti / Ivan Sourcecopy Charter flight from Japan went to the southern KurilesThe first Charter flight from Japan arrived in the southern Kuril Islands© RIA Novosti / Ivan Sourcecopy Charter flight from Japan went to South Kurils

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