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    Russia Deploys Search-and-Rescue Units on Kuril Islands

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    The new search-and-rescue units will provide a prompt response to a range of emergency situations and minimize the damage from possible incidents.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Several search-and-rescue units have been formed and put on 24-hour permanent duty on the Kuril Islands, the Sakhalin branch of the Russian emergencies ministry said on Monday.

    "The new units have been formed to provide a prompt response to a range of emergency situations, to carry out search-and-rescue operations and other missions on the islands and to minimize the damage from possible incidents," the statement said.

    The four Kuril Islands — Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai — have been administered by Russia since the end of World War II, but Japan still lays claim to them.


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