Russia's upper house of parliament has called Japan's renewed claims on the Kuril islands an "insult to the Russian people," and called for the visa-free travel regime between the islands and Japan to be ended.
The Japanese government asked state-run websites to stop posting Google Maps, because the popular mapping service doesn’t reflect the country’s territorial claims, Japanese media have said.
Moscow warned Tokyo on Thursday that it would restrict Japanese officials from traveling to the disputed Kuril Islands if such officials call for those islands to be returned to Russia.
High-ranking Russian and Japanese diplomats are set to meet in Moscow on Monday, Japanese media reported.
Japan has rejected Russia’s proposal to engage in joint projects in the disputed Kuril Islands, the Kyodo news agency said on Sunday citing diplomatic sources.
Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force had to scramble fighter jets in response to flights by Russian military aircraft near Japanese airspace and over the disputed Kuril Islands on Monday, local media reported.
Russian and Japanese deputy foreign ministers may discuss the long-running territorial dispute over the Kuril islands, which Japan calls the Northern Territories, at a meeting in Moscow on June 20, the Asahi newspaper said on Wednesday.
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