What is known about the agreement between Putin and Abe on the Kuril Islands

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed the experts of the two countries to start detailed consultations on the harmonization of terms, forms and areas of joint economic activities on Southern Kuriles.

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About the agreements was announced on the first day of the official visit of Putin to Japan, which began on December 15. The information was voiced by Putin’s assistant Yuri Ushakov, here are the most important of his statements:

  • Putin and Abe personally agreed on the text of the statement on the beginning of joint economic activities on the Kuril Islands.

“Experts for several weeks worked on the text, but have been unable to arrive at a text that would suit both parties. So we had to set our leaders who spent probably forty minutes in order to agree on a joint text which will be published tomorrow”. Yuri Ushakov

  • The agreements apply to all the disputed Islands — Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and the uninhabited ridge of Habomai.
  • Identified several fields of cooperation between the parties — fishing, marine culture, tourism, medicine, ecology.
  • Consultation with the Russian side will be held by specialists of the Ministry of foreign Affairs and relevant ministries, their task is to discuss the possible establishment of a joint economic activities.
  • Joint activities will be carried out on the basis of the Russian legislation.
  • Other details of the agreement were not unveiled.
  • The possibility of starting a joint work, the leaders of the countries discussed in the previous contacts, instructions to the experts were given the results of the meeting in Lima in mid-November.
  • An official statement will be issued 16 Dec

“Deeply and openly discussed free visit the homeland of former residents of the Islands, the joint economic activities of two countries with a special regime for Islands and the peace Treaty issue”. Statement by the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at the end of the meeting.

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