Russia plans to build military bases on disputed islands

Russia to build military facilities on Kuril islets, where Moscow, Tokyo have territorial claims since World War Two

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attend a meeting at the National Defence Control Centre of the Russian Federation in Moscow on April 17 2015

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Thursday that Moscow plans to build military facilities on Kurile islands, some of which are also claimed by Japan.

Sergei Shoigu told reporters that Russia will construct a large modern bases on the islands, placing equipment to provide border security.  

An aerial view shows Kunashiri Island, one of four islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and Northern Territories in Japan, is seen in this photo taken in 2005

The dispute has been on-going between the two countries since the Russian annexation of the volcanic archipelago at the end of World War Two. Russian sovereignty on the islets is not recognized by Japan, which refers to the islands as its Northern Territories.

At the end of the end of the war, 48 nations, including Japan, Russia and the allied powers signed the San Francisco Peace Treaty at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on September 8, 1951. According to the treaty, Japan must renounce all claims to the disputed islets.

According to Mr Shoigu, Russia is also planning to build military bases located on Cape Schmidt,  which is on the eastern coast of the Chukchi autonomous region and Wrangled Island, which lies in between the Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea.

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