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Japan has resumed fishing in the area of the southern Kuril Islands

01.10.2022 ТАСС 77 просмотров

The settlement of this situation was achieved thanks to the active consultations of interested parties, said Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.


Japanese fishermen on Friday resumed seafood fishing in the area of the southern Kuril Islands in accordance with the agreements reached with the Russian side. This was announced by Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi at a regular press conference on Friday.

"Fishing has been resumed since today," he said. Yoshimasa Hayashi stressed that the settlement of this situation, including the implementation of payments under existing agreements with the Russian Federation, was achieved thanks to active consultations of interested parties.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced that Russia is suspending the intergovernmental agreement with Japan on cooperation in the field of fishing for marine living resources in the southern part of the Kuril Islands until Tokyo fulfills its financial obligations. She noted that Japan had frozen payments due under the agreement and delayed the process of signing the annual document on the provision of gratuitous technical assistance to the Sakhalin Region, which is an integral element of this intergovernmental agreement.

Japan and Russia signed this agreement in 1998. It allowed Japanese fishermen to fish within the quota allocated by the Russian side near the southern part of the Kuril Islands. The Japanese Government expressed regret over Moscow's decision, but acknowledged that at that time it had not made the next payment as part of the implementation of the relevant agreement.

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