Seized from the Japanese delegation on the Kuril Islands phones are customs officers

© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Chesnokova in fotoangelo Yuzhno-Kurilsk. Archival photoSeized from the Japanese delegation on the Kuril Islands phones are customs officers© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Tecnocovering the image Bank

Seized at the airport of Yuzhno-Kurilsk satellite phones of members of the visa-free delegation from Japan are still employees of customs. This was reported by RIA Novosti press Secretary of the Sakhalin customs Catherine Podluzhnaya.

Earlier, Japan expressed protest to Russia in connection with the confiscation of satellite phones from the representatives of the Japanese government during his recent visit to the southern Kuriles a group of former residents. The situation in Tokyo called «unfortunate» fact.

According to Podluzhny, gadgets — the evidence on the two administrative cases.

«They instituted on two articles — «a Declaration in the prescribed form of goods subject to customs Declaration» and «prohibitions and restrictions on the importation of goods into the customs territory of the Eurasian economic Union», — she said and added that the law provides for these offenses, fines or confiscation of the detained items or without.

The import into Russia of such means of communication like satellite phones, requires a permit.

Visa-free communication between Russia and Japan

Trip 70 the Japanese visa-free exchange took place thanks to the first this season Charter flight from the city to Nakashibetsu on the island of Hokkaido for Kunashir and Iturup. Visiting the graves of their ancestors on these Islands, the Japanese returned to Hokkaido.

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 and the issue of concluding a peace Treaty. Journeys without a visa on the national passport with a special liner. First Charter flight from Japan to the Kuril Islands took place in September 2017, before the visa-free delegation were shipped only by vessels.

In addition, in September of last year Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe discussed the possibility of joint activities on Islands in five areas: marine aquaculture, greenhouse agriculture, tourism, wind energy and recycling of garbage. Despite the fact that both countries have agreed to focus on five main areas of joint activities, the main remains a legal issue about ownership of the territories. Japan claims the Islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. The return of the Islands Tokyo made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia, which was never signed after the Second world war.

In 1956, the Soviet Union and Japan signed a joint Declaration in which Moscow has agreed to consider the possibility of transfer of Japan two Islands in the case of concluding a peace Treaty. The USSR hoped to put on this point, Japan believed a deal is only a part of the solution, not abandoning claims to all the Islands. Subsequent negotiations in what have not resulted.

Moscow’s position is that the Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them cannot be questioned.

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