Russian Minister Visits Disputed Island Off Japans Hokkaido

Russian emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev on Wednesday visited an island claimed by Japan off Hokkaido that’s on the heart of a long-standing territorial dispute between the 2 international locations. It’s the first go to to one of many 4 disputed islands by a senior Russian authorities official since August final 12 months, when then Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev traveled to Etorofu Island, referred to as Iturup in Russia, based on a Japanese authorities official.

Zinichev’s journey to Kunashiri Island, known as Kunashir by Russia, prompted an instantaneous response from Japan.

“(The go to) conflicts with our nation’s place, and we are going to take care of it correctly after confirming info,” the Japanese Overseas Ministry mentioned. His journey was to attend a ceremony to open an emergency rescue heart, based on Russia’s Ministry of Civil Protection, Emergencies and Eliminations of Penalties of Pure Disasters.

The disputed islands collectively known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia, additionally embrace Shikotan and the Habomai islet chain. The dispute has prevented the 2 international locations from signing a postwar peace treaty.

The Soviet Union seized the islands following Japan’s give up in World Conflict II in 1945, saying it acquired them as an authentic end result of the struggle. Tokyo says their seizure was unlawful. The emergency rescue heart on Kunashiri Island is provided with techniques for monitoring and forecasting climate, and they’re aimed toward strengthening “the safety of the inhabitants and territory from pure and man-made emergencies,” based on the Russian ministry.

It additionally mentioned {that a} related facility on Etorofu Island will begin working within the close to future.

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