Abe supported the early launching of a joint development of the South Kuril Islands

© RIA Novosti / Ivan Sourcecodefile. Archival photoAbe supported the early launching of a joint development of the South Kuril Islands© RIA Novosti / Ivan Zakharchenko

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for early start of joint economic activities on southern Kuriles, met on Monday with famous politician, MP of Muneo Suzuki, in favour of the development of Russian-Japanese relations.

«It is important to start with what you can already do that,» Suzuki gave the journalists the Prime Minister of Japan.

In relations between the two countries in 2018 will be the cross year of Russia in Japan and the year of Japan in Russia. According to Suzuki, Abe told him that it «will be a major milestone, and it is desirable to try to do as much as possible».

Japan claims the southern Kurile Islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, 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.

Agreement to consider the possibility of joint economic activities on southern Kuriles was 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.

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