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Report: Russia expands military construction plans on Kuril Islands

  • Published at 07:02 pm August 9th, 2021
Iturup Island Kuril
File Photo: A General view of the town of Kurilsk on the island of Iturup on December 12, 2016 AFP

Japan has territorial claims over the islands which was seized by the Soviet army at the end of World War II

Russia plans to build 51 more pieces of military infrastructure on the Kuril Islands, the state Tass news agency quoted Russia's defence ministry as saying on Monday.

Part of the chain is claimed by Japan and the territorial dispute over some of the islands dates back to the time when the then-Soviet Union seized them at the end of World War Two, and has kept the two countries from signing a formal peace treaty.

The ministry said in a statement it has erected more than 30 buildings on the islands, including seven living quarters for military servicemen on Iturup and Kunashir islands claimed by Japan and known as the Northern Territories there. It provided no details on what kinds of buildings it planned to build in the coming years.