Japan Describes Southern Kurils As Occupied Areas For 1st Time Since 2003 – Reports

TOKYO (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – twenty second April, 2022) The Japanese authorities has described the Southern Kuril islands, identified in Japan because the Northern Territories, as the world illegally occupied by Russia in its Diplomatic Bluebook for the primary time since 2003, media reported on Friday.

The Southern Kurils are additionally described as an inherent a part of Japan for the primary time since 2011, the Kyodo information company reported. The Diplomatic Bluebook was introduced by the Foreign Ministry to the federal government on Friday.

The transfer follows the Russian choice on refusing to barter a peace treaty with Japan, halting visa-free journey for Japanese residents to the Southern Kuril Islands, and withdrawing from dialogue with Japan on establishing joint financial actions on the archipelago.

The Russian steps, in flip, have been made in response to the Japanese authorities’s choice to affix the tough sanctions in opposition to Moscow over its army operation in Ukraine.

Russia launched its army operation in Ukraine on February 24 to assist the folks’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The Western nations have strongly condemned the operation calling it an invasion and imposed harsh sanctions on Russia.

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