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Japan protests Russian plans to deploy military aircraft to disputed Kuril island

05 February 2018

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has lodged a protest with Russia over Moscow’s decision to deploy military aircraft to a disputed island on the Kuril archipelago in the Pacific Ocean.

The move comes after the government in Moscow published on 1 February a decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev allowing the Russian Aerospace Forces to deploy military aircraft to a civilian airport on the island of Iturup, as it is known by Russia, or Etorofu, as it is known by Japan.

Moscow and Tokyo never signed a peace treaty after the Second World War because of conflicting claims over the islands north of the Japanese island of Hokkaido, which Japan calls its Northern Territories and Russia refers to as the Southern Kurils.

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