the Kuril Islands

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

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

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

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

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 …