Jul 24, 2015

Medvedev may visit Russian-held isles off Hokkaido

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev indicated Thursday he plans to inspect economic development on some of the Kuril Islands, including the four claimed by Japan. The inspection may be designed to demonstrate Russia’s effective control of the four islands, which were occupied by Soviet ...

Aug 14, 2014

U.S. recognizes Japan's sovereignty over Russian-held isles: official

The United States recognizes Russian-held islands off Japan’s northernmost main island as belonging to Japan, a U.S. official said Wednesday, speaking in connection with Russian military drills conducted in the disputed territory earlier this week. “The United States recognizes Japanese sovereignty over these islands,” ...