The border dispute between Russia and Japan now appears to be taking a serious stand. Both the countries have also expressed strong protest by summoning each other’s diplomats regarding the border dispute. In fact, from today Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin is visiting the Kuril Islands, claimed by Japan, located in the Pacific Ocean. During this, he has announced that the Russian government is considering setting up a special economic zone in this disputed area. Japan is furious over the visit of the Russian Prime Minister and his announcement.
What is the dispute between Russia and Japan
Japan claims its territorial rights over the Kuril Islands. Japan calls these islands the Northern Territory. They were captured by the Soviet Union in the last days of World War II and since then there has been controversy about them. Decades of diplomatic efforts to negotiate a deal have so far yielded no clear results. Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also made a lot of efforts to end this dispute with Russia.
Both countries summoned each other’s diplomats
Japan’s Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Mori summoned the Russian ambassador to Tokyo, Mikhail Galujin, to register a protest. During this, he urged Russia to end this high-profile visit immediately, registering a strong protest. In response, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov called on Japanese ambassador Toyohisa Kozuki to protest Tokyo’s recent claims of territorial claims.
Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement
The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov has lodged a strong protest with the Japanese side regarding Japan’s territorial claims. We strongly urged our allies not to turn to destructive steps. We insisted on the implementation of the earlier agreements of the leaders of the two countries in order to take the Russia-Japan relations to a qualitatively new level.
Know about the visit of the Russian Prime Minister
Russian Prime Minister Mishustin visited a hospital and a fish plant on Iturup, one of the four southernmost Kuril Islands. He told plant workers that the government was considering creating a special economic zone on the islands, in which businesses and investments would be exempt from most taxes and customs duties. Mishustin said the measures Russian officials are currently considering could be a good tool for investors, including those from the West and Japan, if they are interested, to create jobs here. can. This will intensify economic activities on these islands.
Russian Navy patrols near Kuril Islands
The Eastern Fleet of the Russian Navy continues to patrol to protect the Kuril Islands. Russia’s Eastern Fleet is responsible for security in the Pacific Ocean region. This fleet includes several lethal warships and submarines. The Russian Navy also conducts military exercises and missile testing near these disputed islands.