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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia, Japan Set Kuril Island Talks

Russia and Japan will hold talks in Moscow next month on fishing rights around the disputed Kuril Islands, officials said Monday, according to Interfax.

Although progress was made in talks in Tokyo last week, the full accord is not ready for signature, sources at the fisheries department of the Russian Agriculture Ministry said.

Tokyo has accepted Russian demands that Japan pay for fishing rights and be checked by Russian inspectors, but insists that individual Japanese firms make contact with the Russian agencies.

Moscow insists the two countries reach an intergovernmental accord governing the islands before giving Japan a quota for the rich fishing grounds off the southern Kuril Islands.

The Soviet Union seized the islands off Japan at the end of World War II. Japan has demanded their return.

President Boris Yeltsin will meet Japanese Prime Minister Ryaturo Hashimoto on Nov. 1 and 2 in Krasnoyarsk, eastern Siberia, for informal talks in which the Kuril issue will be raised.