Tokyo Protested to Moscow Due to Fine For Japanese Fishing Vessels Near the Kuril Islands
OREANDA-NEWS The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan protested against Russia due to the fact that the border service of the FSB of the Russian Federation demanded that two Japanese fishing vessels that were fishing in the southern Kuril Islands, paid a fine, as they did not have with them some necessary permits. This information was reported in the Japanese foreign Ministry on Thursday.
"The actions of the Russian side in relation to the Japanese fishing vessels are a violation of the existing agreements on fishing in the area of the four Northern Islands (as in Japan called the southern Kuril Islands) and the legal position of our state with respect to the four Northern Islands. These actions are unacceptable, the Russian side was protested in the form of representation", - stressed in the Japanese foreign Ministry.
At the same time, the information on the amount of the fine and the revealed violations is not specified. The Japanese Foreign Ministry called the actions of the Russian side unacceptable.
The Japanese foreign Ministry reported that on January 7 this year, the border service of the FSB detained Japanese fishing vessels and escorted them to the port of Yuzhno-Kurilsk for additional proceedings, after which they were released.
Earlier was reported, that Japan protested to Russia through diplomatic channels in Moscow over the construction of dormitories for the military and their families in the Kuril Islands of Kunashir and Iturup, which Tokyo considers its territory.
"This will lead to the strengthening of Russia's military presence in the Northern territories, which is contrary to the position of our country," the Kyodo Agency quotes the note.
Japan claims the southern Kurils and calls them the Northern territories "occupied" by Russia. The Islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and the Habomai ridge were transferred to the USSR in 1945, but since Moscow and Tokyo did not sign a peace Treaty, their status is still not fixed. The Japanese government regularly protests against Russian military activities in the southern Kuriles.