Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday (August 2) visited one of the four Pacific islands disputed between Russia and Japan, to the disappointment of Tokyo.
the Island of Iturup
known as Etorofu in Japanese, one of the four islands called Southern Kurils in
Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan.
Medvedev's are incompatible with Japan's
position on the Northern Territories
and hurt the feelings of the Japanese people, the Japanese Foreign Ministry
Russia, however, dismissed the Japanese
statement. "This is our land. This is a subject of the Russian Federation,"
Medvedev said at a press conference on the island, according to an official
Moscow and Tokyo have failed to sign a postwar peace
treaty due to their rival claims to the four islands.
According to a
joint declaration signed in 1956, the then Soviet Union agreed to return two of
the islands on condition that a bilateral peace treaty was signed, which was
rejected by Japan, the pre-war owner of the islands.
Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed during their
meeting last November in Singapore
to start peace talks based on the 1956 joint declaration.
progress has been made so far despite several rounds of talks.
(HBO) - Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will vote on Sept. 14 to select a new leader to succeed Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, Jiji news agency reported on Monday (August 31). Abe, Japan's longest-serving premier, said on August 28 he was resigning due to a worsening of a chronic illness, paving the way for an LDP leadership election. The LDP president is virtually guaranteed of being prime minister because of the party's majority in the lower house of parliament.
The 24th dialogue between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea (RoK) was held via video conference on August 26.
The Embassy of Vietnam in Venezuela on August 27 handed over medical equipment to the host country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with 20,000 face masks from the Vietnamese National Assembly to the Venezuelan counterpart.
The World Health Organization hopes the coronavirus pandemic will be shorter than the 1918 Spanish flu and last less than two years, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday (August 21), if the world unites and succeeds in finding a vaccine. Tedros urged "national unity" and "global solidarity".
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 5.4 million on August 16, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron held a phone conversation on Wednesday (August 12), discussing the situation in Lebanon, Ukraine and Belarus, the Kremlin said in a statement.