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Moderate magnitude earthquake hits Kuril Islands

Moderate magnitude earthquake hits Kuril Islands

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake rocked Russia’s Far Eastern Kuril Islands on Sunday, the Kamchatka branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Geophysical Service said. According to it, the epicenter of the earthquake was located …

Russian PM arrives on Iturup island

Russian PM arrives on Iturup island

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin arrived on the island of Iturup, which is one of the South Kuril Islands claimed by Japan, Kyodo news reported on 26 July.  Mishustin noted he has recently discussed …

Japan suspends visa-free travel programs with Russia

Japan suspends visa-free travel programs with Russia

Japan has taken a final decision to fully suspend all visa-free travel programs between Japanese prefectures and the southern Kuril Islands planned for this year due to the coronavirus spread, an association of former residents of the southern …

Russia's Kuril Islands hit by 7.5 magnitude earthquake

Russia's Kuril Islands hit by 7.5 magnitude earthquake

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake has struck near Russia’s far eastern Kuril Islands and prompted a tsunami warning. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 217km south-southeast of Severo on the Kuril chain north of Japan. …

Russia and Japan: a deal is still possible

Russia and Japan: a deal is still possible

In recent months, the long-standing and seemingly intractable territorial dispute between Russia and Japan over the southern Kuril Islands has shown potential for positive change

Most Japanese citizens back peace treaty talks with Russia

Most Japanese citizens back peace treaty talks with Russia

The majority of Japanese citizens support talks on drafting a peace treaty with Russia based on the Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration of 1956, according to an opinion poll carried out by the country’s largest private TV company Fuji and …

New army to be created in Russia - media

New army to be created in Russia - media

Russia's Ministry of Defense will unite naval aviation and the Pacific Fleet's air defense forces as part of a powerful army with a headquarters in Kamchatka, the ministry said. The formation of the army will start in 2018. It …

Shoigu explains Russian troops' deployment to Kuril Island

Shoigu explains Russian troops' deployment to Kuril Island

The deployment of a Russian division on the Kuril Islands is meant only to protect Russia, the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a press conference in Tokyo. "This division was under formation for the …