Russian and Japanese diplomats to discuss issues of activities on the Kuril Islands

© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Chesnokova in fotoangelo Yuzhno-Kurilsk on Kunashir island of the Kurils. Archival photoRussian and Japanese diplomats to discuss issues of activities on the Kuril Islands© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Tecnocovering the image Bank

The Deputy foreign Ministers of Russia and Japan, probably at a meeting in late January or early February to discuss a legal regime that will allow for joint economic activities on southern Kuriles, told journalists the Minister of the Embassy, head of political Department of the Japanese Embassy in Russia, Kensuke Yoshida.

«The planned meeting of Deputy Ministers of foreign Affairs or in the second half of January or in February,» said Yoshida.

He suggested that the question of the legal basis on which to build joint activities of the South Kuril Islands, «will be discussed during the meeting of Deputy Ministers».

Agreement to discuss the possibility of joint economic activities on southern Kuriles (Islands Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai) were reached at the Russian-Japanese summit during his visit to Japan President of Russia Vladimir Putin in December 2016. It is a joint breeding of seafood, the cultivation of vegetables in greenhouses, the development of tourism in accordance with the characteristics of the Islands, the introduction of wind power plants and on measures to reduce the volume of waste.

At the end of October to elaborate on the five projects of joint economic activities took place the second visit of the Japanese delegation to the disputed Islands Tokyo. More than 50 specialists of government and business in Japan examined various objects together with the locals.

Japan claims the southern Kurile, speaking about the conclusion of a peace Treaty between Tokyo and Moscow. Russia’s position is that the southern Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them with appropriate international legal design, not subject to doubt.