Registration / Login
text version
War and Peace

 Hot news

Ukrainian foreign minister says no breakthrough in Paris talks
Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan
Russian Pilot Rescued by Irans General Soleimani
Russian Su-24 pilots shot dead while parachuting over Syria - Turkmen militia
Main page » News » View
Printable version
Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan
02.12.15 14:13 f.USSR
Russia has begun building two modern military compounds on the far eastern Kuril islands, defence minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday, heightening long-running tensions with Japan over the disputed islands.

Russia is "actively carrying out construction of military compounds on the islands of Iturup and Kunashir", Shoigu said at a meeting with military top brass, according to the ministrys website.

Relations between Moscow and Tokyo have been strained for decades because of the status of the four southernmost islands in the Kuril chain, known as the Northern Territories in Japan.

Some 19,000 Russians live on the remote rocky islands, occupied by Soviet troops in the dying days of World War II.

The two countries have never officially struck a peace treaty and the lingering tensions over the issue have hampered trade ties for decades.

The Russian ministry said the new military buildings would help "raise the combat readiness of troops on the eastern frontiers of Russia."

Altogether, Russia plans to put up 392 pre-fabricated buildings on the islands, including schools, kindergartens, leisure centres and dormitories, with construction work continuing through the winter.

"This year, the priority is finishing the most essential buildings and the engineering infrastructure" to receive troops and equipment, Shoigu said.

In September Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the island of Iturup and surveyed troops there, angering Japan.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has ruled out any compromise on the islands, telling his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in September that Tokyo must acknowledge "the postwar historical realities."

Russia has recently poured in investments to the region and reconstructed the Japanese-built airport on Kunashir.

 
 Orphus: ORPS

Archive
Forum

 Exclusiveread more rss

» Too Little, Too Late, will there be a Romanov ending for the Sudairi Seven?
» Week 21: When economic arguments end, the arms race begins
» Is Germany losing yet another world war?
» The Islamic State (ISIS) is Made in America: The Pentagon had Planned the Fall of Mosul and Ramadi in 2012
» Has Merkel Been Abandoned?
» The Islamic State and Chaos in the Greater Middle East
» Council on Foreign Relations Grand Strategy: China Must Be Defeated, The TPP Is Essential to Undermining China
» The Day After Damascus Falls: the Beginning of the End for the American Republic

 Newsread more rss

» Syria rebels say they shot down warplane
» Venezuela opposition begins protests, Maduro counters
» More than 57 killed as pro-Saudi and Yemeni forces clash in Taizz
» Russia Defense Report: Russias Anti-Missile Shield
» China, Russia coordinating foreign policy: Chinese FM
» Brazilian President slams Lulas detention
» Migrant crisis: EU and Turkey in Aegean stand-off
» India drags US to WTO over work visas

 Reportsread more rss

» Trump triumphed due to downward mobility
» Americas Secret African Drone War Against the Islamic State
» Putin Goes Ballistic In Syria, Obliterates The USAs Secret Mideast Strategy
» Grassroots Fascism: The War Experience of the Japanese People
» Obama Took Willful Decision to Support the Islamic State (ISIS): Former US Intelligence Chief
» Torture and Show Trials Are Common in Neo-Colonial Libya
» The MH17 Pilots Corpse: More on the Cover-Up
» Going Rogue: Malaysia and the 1MDB Scandal

 Commentariesread more rss

» The road to democracy
» Why Pakistan let out a Top Secret
» A New World Beckons
» Shame on UN Security Councils P-5 members!
» Say Hello To My Cruise Missiles
» After Ankara: Why Erdogan and NATOs Strategy is in Ruins
» Syria Military Review: Studying the Russian Military Operation. Video Report
» Putin Calls Out Washington

 Analysisread more rss

» Can Iran and India Turn the Page?
» Capitalism Requires World War
» Back to the 1930s Hitler, Daesh and the West
» For BRICS to bond, India-China rivalry must be history
» Syria: War of All Against All Continues
» Did Russias Intervention Derail Turkeys Plan to Invade Syria?
» U.S. Kurdish allies welcome Russian airstrikes in Syria
» The CIA and the Media: 50 Facts the World Needs to Know
 
text version 2006-2016 Inca Group "War and Peace"