Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Visiting Northern Territories by Russians Military

Russian deputy defense minister Col. Gen. Dmitri Bulgakov visited Etorofu and Kunashiri Islands, controlled by Russia, during January 20-21. The minister inspected military installations in these islands (Sankei Shimbun). The move comes after President Dmitry Medvedev became the first Russian leader to visit Kunashiri in November. Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov followed suit in December by visiting Etorofu and Kunashiri Islands. As a result, Kono Masaharu, Japanese ambassador to Moscow replaced by Harada Chikahito in January because Kono failed to gather advance information on Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the disputed territories with China (24 December 2010).  Interestingly, three Japanese men defied Japanese government guidance by giving Russian visas to travel to Kunashiri Island on 26 January 2011. This enraged Foreign Minister Maehara Seiji because Russian visas imply Japan recognizes Moscow’s jurisdiction over the Northern territories (Japan Times 31 January 2011). In addition, on 4 February 2011, Anatoly Serdyukov, Russian Defense Minister, also made one-day military inspection trip to Kunashiri and Etorofu Islands. Serdyuko inspected machine-gun artillery division on these islands. Russia will install its Tor-M2 anti-aircraft system and Mi-28N attack helicopters in the Southern Kuris (Bloomberg News 2 March 2011). What can Prime Minister Kan Naoto do?


Source:  euronews, http://www.euronews.net/2010/11/01/russiajapan-row-over-medvedev-island-visit/ (access date: 4 March 2011).
Source: RIA Novosti / POOL; regarding the Kurils issue, see an article in http://rt.com/politics/medvedev-kan-japan-summit/ (access date: 10 March 2011).

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