Large-scale exercises of Russian troops have begun on the Kuril Islands

Eastern Military Military neighborhood do large interspecies exercises on the islands Kuril Ridge told reporters on Tuesday, head of the press service of the neighborhood Colonel Alexander Gordeev.

The exercise involved machine-gun and artillery units, the forces of fighter, attack and army aviation, ships of the Pacific Fleet, and the personnel of the border guards stationed in the island region.

"Teaching is planned disposition, in the process it will work out various training and combat tasks and operational input. Namely, in the 1st of the steps will be carried out search and rescue operation to assist in distress in the waters of the Russian Federation to the vessel, "- said Gordeev.

Kuril issue is one of the most acute in the relations of Russia and Land of the Rising Sun. Not so long ago, the Secretary General of the new cabinet Land of the Rising Sun expressed the need to resolve the dispute with the islands Kuril Ridge and conclude a peace treaty with Russia. With all of this on the maturities of islands and other issues Japan is ready to show flexibility.

Thus he commented on the statement by former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who offered to quit peninsula Etorofu within the Russian Federation, while Shikotan, Kunashir and Habomai to depart Land of the Rising Sun. This version differs markedly from the official position of the Japanese government on the return of all four islands at once.

The new cabinet wants to send Mori as a special envoy to Russia in February of this year to prepare the visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Moscow.

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