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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fishing War Skirmish

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East ) -- A Russian patrol boat fired warning shots at three Japanese fishing vessels in Russia's Far East on Tuesday, one week after a Japanese fisherman was wounded in another border incident.

The Japanese boats turned back after the shots were fired, ITAR-Tass reported, quoting officials with the Pacific Border District.

Russia has repeatedly accused Japanese fishermen of poaching in Russian waters, particularly near the Kuril Islands.

The dispute over the islands, which Russia seized from Japan in the final days of World War II, is the main obstacle to improved relations between the two nations.