The Russian authorities are planning to restore both the civilian and defense infrastructure of the Kuril Islands off Russia’s Pacific coast as part of the targeted federal program, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.
"We’re restoring both the civilian and defense infrastructure of the Kurils," Medvedev said.
According to the Russian premier, "the Armed Forces, and the Defense Ministry of Russia are dealing not only with the military but also with the civilian component" on the Kuril Islands.
"It is necessary to join efforts, all the more so as the islands performed and will continue performing not only the usual function but also the function of protecting our frontiers," the prime minister said.
"That is why, special attention is paid to the units of the Russian Armed Forces present there," Medvedev said.
Russian PM plans to visit Kuril Islands
The prime minister also said he was planning to visit the islands.
"I am planning to go there and have a look how matters stand there. And I invite the others," Medvedev told the cabinet members. Medvedev also advised other ministers to follow his example and visit the Kuril Islands in Russia's Far East.
Kuril Islands territorial dispute
Russia and Japan have no peace treaty signed after World War II. Settlement of the problem inherited by Russia’s diplomacy from the Soviet Union is hampered by the years-long dispute over the four islands of Russia’s Southern Kurils - Shikotan, Khabomai, Iturup and Kunashir, which Japan calls its northern territories.
After World War II, in September 1945, Japan signed the capitulation, and in February 1946, the Kuril Islands were declared territories of the Soviet Union.
During the Cold War, Moscow did not recognize the territorial problem, but in October 1993, when Russian president Boris Yeltsin was on an official visit in Japan, the existence of the problem was confirmed officially. However, the two countries have reached no compromise over the dispute yet.
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