Japan to protest Russian PM Mikhail Mishustin's visit to disputed Pacific islands  

WION Web Team
Moscow/Tokyo  Published: Jul 26, 2021, 04:40 PM(IST)

Russian PM Mikhail Mishustin (file photo). Photograph:( Reuters )

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Tokyo will soon protest against Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin's visit to one of four islands held by Russia that are also claimed by Japan. Tokyo calls these islands as the Northern Territories. At the end of World War II, the Soviets seized the islands. The territorial row over them has strained relations between the two countries for years

A top Japan government spokesman has said on Monday that Tokyo will soon protest against Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin's visit to one of four islands held by Russia that are also claimed by Japan. Tokyo calls these islands as the Northern Territories.  

At the end of World War II, the Soviets seized the islands. The territorial row over them has strained relations between the two countries for years. It has also prevented the two sides from signing a formal peace treaty.  

Touring Russia's Far East and Siberia this week, Mishustin made the first stop at Kuril Islands. The Russian government is looking to set up a special economic zone in the area.  

During the visit, Mishustin visited a hospital and a fish plant on Iturup. It is one of the four southernmost Kuril islands. The prime minister said plant workers that the government is considering creating a special economic zone on the islands, where businesses and investors would be free of most taxes and customs duties.  

“The measures Russian officials are currently pondering could be a good solution for investors, including the ones in the West, for Japan also, which, if interested, can create jobs here," Mishustin said.  

(With inputs from agencies) 

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