Announced a new trip Japanese business mission on the Kuril Islands

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Krivosheeva in photobacteria of the island. Archival photoAnnounced a new trip Japanese business mission on the Kuril Islands© RIA Novosti / Sergey Krivosheeva the image Bank

The next trip of the Japanese business mission to the southern Kuriles will be held from 16 to 22 August, said the Agency Kyodo, citing sources in diplomatic circles.

«According to a source from the Russian side, the group plans from August 17 to begin the study of each island, after arriving on the island of Kunashir on the sea», — stated in the message Agency.

As expected, one of the objectives of the visit will be to assess opportunities for growing strawberries and vegetables, particularly tomatoes and cucumbers.

«There is a policy of forcing a dialogue on this issue during the meeting of foreign Ministers of the two countries on July 31 in Moscow,» notes Kyodo.

Agreement to discuss 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. In February 2017 under the foreign Ministry of Japan established the Council for mutual economic activities, which was headed by the head of Department. In June and October last year saw the team to travel more than 50 representatives of governmental and business circles of Japan to the Kuril Islands in order to explore the specific perspectives of the projects.

According to the agreement, these activities shall not violate the legal positions of both countries. Japan, claiming the Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai, hopes through the development of economic ties between the two countries to contribute to solving the problem that it is linked to the conclusion of a peace Treaty. The transfer to Japan of four Islands of Tokyo earlier made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia.

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 with appropriate international legal design, not subject to doubt.

In September last year, the President of Russia 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 activity, remains the major problem is the issue of the legal side of the question, as joint economic activities on the Islands of Kunashir, Iturup, Shikotan and Habomai, which are claimed by Japan, should be in the form that do not violate the positions of both sides.