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February 2017

Asia

Kuril Islands/Northern Territories (Russia/Japan)

Japan sent formal protest to Moscow 23 Feb after Russian defence minister said Russia plans to deploy additional forces to disputed Kuril islands/Northern Territories in 2017; earlier in month protested Russian move to name five uninhabited islands in archipelago.

December 2016

Asia

Kuril Islands/Northern Territories (Russia/Japan)

Meeting 15-16 Dec, Japanese PM Abe and Russian President Putin agreed to take steps to resolve dispute over islands, including joint economic projects.

November 2016

Asia

Kuril Islands/Northern Territories (Russia/Japan)

Meeting on sidelines of APEC summit in Peru 19 Nov, Japanese PM Abe and Russian President Putin agreed to hold talks mid-Dec on long-standing Kuril Islands/Northern Territories territorial dispute; Putin said they were ready to “move forward in the development of bilateral relations”. Abe called subsequent reports that Russia had deployed advanced anti-ship missile systems on two of the islands “regrettable”.

March 2011

Asia

Kuril Islands/Northern Territories (Russia/Japan)

In latest move to shore up presence on disputed islands, Russia 1 March announced instalment of modern anti-ship, anti-aircraft missiles, 25 March announced plan to build airport.

February 2011

Asia

Kuril Islands/Northern Territories (Russia/Japan)

Amid strained Moscow-Tokyo relations over disputed territory, Russian President Medvedev 9 Feb ordered additional arms deployment on Kuril Islands to protect “inseparable part” of Russia.

November 2010

Asia

Kuril Islands/Northern Territories (Russia/Japan)

Japan recalled ambassador to Russia 1 Nov following same day visit by Russian President Medvedev to disputed Kuril Islands; diplomatic ties resumed 7 Nov.

January 2010

Asia

Kuril Islands/Northern Territories (Russia/Japan)

Russian border guards 29 Jan fired on 2 Japanese fishing boats close to disputed islands, prompting formal protest from Japan.

February 2007

Asia

Kuril Islands/Northern Territories (Russia/Japan)

Japanese PM Abe marked Northern Territory Day 7 February calling for end to dispute; Moscow said open to talks but Russian control of islands not up for negotiation.

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