The third Japanese business mission will visit the Kuril Islands

© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Chesnokova in fotomontaggi the Mendeleev volcano near the village of Yuzhno-Kurilsk on the Kunashir island of the KurilsThe third Japanese business mission will visit the Kuril Islands© RIA Novosti / Ekaterina to Tecnocovering the image Bank

The third Japanese business mission from 1 October will visit three of the Kuril Islands, reported the acting head of the Sakhalin area Vera Shcherbina Thursday at a press conference.

Earlier the arrival of the mission announced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

«The third business mission consisting of 65 on 1 October on a Japanese ship «Atopica» will arrive in Yuzhno-Kurilsk. Japanese guests will be in the Kuril Islands from 1 to 5 October. During this time, he plans to visit the Islands of Shikotan, Iturup and Kunashir. They look at these Islands, tourism, agriculture, wind energy and mariculture» — said Shcherbina.

According to her, both sides have issues of a legal and economic nature which they wish to discuss.

Shcherbina said that in 2019, the parties plan to continue the cooperation in matters of joint economic activities.

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 it had a travel group of more than 50 representatives of governmental and business circles of Japan to the Kuril Islands, to study the prospects of the projects. According to the agreement, these activities shall not violate the legal positions of both countries. The implementation of joint projects being considered in areas such as aquaculture, greenhouse agriculture, tourism, wind energy and recycling of waste.

Japan, claiming the Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai, hopes to contribute to solving territorial problems with Russia through the development of economic relations between the two countries. The return of the four Islands of Tokyo earlier made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia, which after the Second world war and was not signed. 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.

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