Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Russian President Vladimir Putin© RIA Novosti. Mikhail Klimentiev
VLADIVOSTOK, September 8 (RIA Novosti)
- Ivan the Terrible Erupts on Kurils
- Russian Officials to ‘Keep Visiting’ Kurils
- Putin to Discuss Kurils with Japanese Foreign Minister
- Japan Ponders Joint Use of Disputed Kuril Islands
- Uncertain World: Why Did Medvedev Go to the Kurils Again?
Russia and Japan signed a string of bilateral agreements on Saturday, including a ban on crab poaching in the Sea of Okhotsk and a deal to construct a timber processing factory in Siberia.
The accords were signed on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Russia's Pacific port of Vladivostok in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
Trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $29.7 billion last year.
Russia-Japan relations have been clouded by a long-running territorial dispute over the Kuril islands in the north Pacific.
The row over the islands - which Russia calls the Southern Kurils and Japan calls the Northern Territories - has stopped Tokyo and Moscow from signing a peace treaty since the end of World War II.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev paid a visit to one of the islands in July, in a move that was described by Japan as "extremely regrettable" and that added further strain to the already tense bilateral relationship.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: WTA Finals Draw Ceremony
Infographics: Nobel Peace Prize
During the 11th Annual Meeting to be held in Sochi from October 22 to 24, experts of the Valdai International Discussion Club will focus on whether the global community will develop ground rules for the world politics or whether it will be a game without any rules where everyone fend for themselves.