Tokyo protested to Russia after the detention of a citizen of Japan to the Kuril Islands. This was announced by chief Cabinet Secretary yoshihide Suga, the Associated Press reports.
The detainee was a translator for the Japanese group for visa-free visit to the island of Kunashir. On 21 August, for unknown reasons, he was arrested while traveling with him, the group returned to the Japanese island of Nemuro.
The politician added that the detention of the man is causing “extreme regret” and that he hopes that the translator will be released as soon as possible. Suga said that this situation will not affect the planned meeting in September between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The southern Kuril Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai ridge are the subject of a territorial dispute between Russia and Japan, which countries are still not able to conclude a peace Treaty. In may 2016 in Sochi took place the meeting between Putin and Abe, the results of which countries have agreed to resume consultations on the conclusion of a peace Treaty.