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The Prime Minister of Japan plans to continue the “Kuril” topic in the talks with Putin at G20


 


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to discuss at the G20 summit in Hamburg with Russian President Vladimir Putin joint economic activities on southern Kuriles and the islanders visit the graves of their ancestors, had already been agreed upon earlier, but broken due to bad weather

Reuters

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to discuss at the G20 summit in Hamburg with Russian President Vladimir Putin joint economic activities on Southern Kuriles and former islanders visit the graves of their ancestors, had already been agreed upon earlier, but broken due to bad weather. About the Japanese Prime Minister said on Monday, June 19, at a press conference in Tokyo.

“We have agreed with President Putin that we will have a meeting at the G20 summit. I expect to discuss joint business activities, as well as visits to former residents of the Islands of the graves of their ancestors,” – TASS quoted him as saying.

Abe also expressed his intention “to make every effort in order to make progress in addressing the issue of concluding a peace Treaty”. He noted that the dialogue with the Russian leader is based on the achieved trust.

The summit must go on 7-8 July 2017 in Germany. He will become the 12th summit of the leaders of the “group of 20”.

One of the planned topics for discussion – a visit to two of the Kuril Islands former islanders, canceled due to dense fog on Kunashir – the southernmost island of the greater Kuril ridge Islands.

As reported by The Japan News , citing Japanese government, the visit, during which former residents of the Islands I wanted to visit the graves of relatives, was to take place on Sunday, but was postponed to Monday due to bad weather and now completely repealed.

The Japanese government plans to negotiate with Russia to set a new date of the visit, Minister of foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi. According to him, it is possible in the course of the year.

A group of 70 people, including 35 former islanders and their families, planned to fly in the morning, to visit the graves on Kunashir and Tofu and return the evening of the same day.

The visit was agreed during a meeting of Prime Minister of Japan and President of Russia Vladimir Putin in April, Putin then promised that Russia will provide direct flights. Still former islanders had only the sea to reach the Islands from the port of Nemuro on Hokkaido.

On the Islands, which at the end of the Second world war became part of the USSR, had to go the Japanese of old age accompanied by medics and family.

The Japanese side raised the question about the launch of Charter flights between Hokkaido and South Kuril Islands in March this year, on the eve of visit of Prime Minister of Japan shinzō Abe to Russia.

According to the adopted in March of the current year plan, just in 2017, the Southern Kuril Islands will be able to visit nine groups of Japanese. In turn, Russian citizens will be organized six trips on the Japanese island of Hokkaido and in Tokyo. In total, in 2017 in the framework of the exchange program, the Southern Kuril Islands will visit 520 Japanese and Japan – 339 Russians.

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