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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Japanese Boats Chased

MOSCOW -- Russian border guards confiscated fishing gear after chasing off six Japanese boats that had illegally entered Russian waters, Interfax said Tuesday.


The boats were detected Sunday in an area south of the disputed Kuril islands, but turned and fled when a Russian border guard patrol boat arrived on the scene, Interfax added.


A senior Russian official said Monday that Moscow and Tokyo were close to sealing an accord on fishing rights around the disputed islands, seized by the Soviet Union in the closing days of World War II.