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Magnitude 7.5 quake hits off Russia's Kuril Islands – USGS

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:46 PM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says 'only very small tsunami waves were generated by this earthquake and there is no further threat'

Putin, Abe hold summit to break island impasse

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit marks the 25th time he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met since 2013

TALKS. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on January 22, 2019. Photo by Alexei Druzhinin/SPUTNIK/AFP

Moscow says Japan must recognize all Kurils as Russian

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:36 PM

'Sovereignty over the islands is not up for discussion, this is Russian territory,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

DENIES. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a briefing during a meeting with members of the Association of European Businesses (AEB) in Moscow on October 31, 2017. Photo by  Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Putin, Abe hold hot spring meet on WWII island row

Dec 15, 2016 - 8:32 PM

Abe is hosting Putin at a hot spring summit in his ancestral city of Nagato in the hopes of achieving a breakthrough over the territory off Japan s northern coast seized by Soviet troops in 1945

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) prior to their talks in Nagato, Yamaguchi prefecture on December 15, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool/AFP

Putin heads to Japan for hot spring meet on disputed islands

Dec 13, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Shinzo Abe will host Vladimir Putin at the hot springs in his ancestral city of Nagato in the hope of breaking the ice on an agreement over the Kuril Islands

In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shows the way to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on May 6, 2016. Sergei Guneev/Sputnik/AFP

Abe calls for 'new epoch' in Russia-Japan ties

Sep 03, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Tokyo Moscow relations are hamstrung by a row dating back to the end of World War II when Soviet troops seized the southernmost islands in the Pacific Kuril chain known as the Northern Territories in Japan

CLOSER TIES? Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 2, 2016. Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP

Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan

Dec 01, 2015 - 10:09 PM

Relations between Moscow and Tokyo have been strained for decades because of some islands in the Kuril chain known as the Northern Territories in Japan

Japan to protest reported Russian military drills on disputed island

Aug 13, 2014 - 2:37 PM

Abe s comments come after Russia scraps a meeting with a Japanese minister in response to a new round of sanctions by Tokyo against senior figures involved in the annexation of Ukraine s Crimean peninsula

TRANQUIL... FOR NOW? A photo made available on 16 July 2013 of weed harvesters checking on their kelp harvest near Cape Nosappu, near the southernmost Kuril island Kunashir Island, under Russian administration and claimed by Japan, near Nemuro, on Hokkaido island, Japan, 13 July 2013. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan, Russia eye WWII peace talks: ministers

Nov 02, 2013 - 12:43 AM

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov agreed there would be negotiations aimed at settling the South Kuril Islands dispute which dates back to World War II

Russia, Japan vow new push to end island dispute

Apr 30, 2013 - 8:34 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to renew efforts to find a solution to a decades long territorial row

Strong 6.1 quake off Russia's east coast

Apr 20, 2013 - 10:35 PM

The quake struck near the sparsely populated Kuril Islands