Iturup

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Iturup

 

the largest of the Kuril Islands (Sakhalin Oblast, RSFSR). Area, 6, 725 sq km; length, 200 km; width, from 7 to 27 km. Iturup, which is in the southern part of the chain, consists of volcanic massifs and mountain ranges. The island has heights up to 1, 634 m. Its coasts are high and precipitous. Alder shrubs are located in the northeastern part of the island; copses of Kuril larch are in the central part. In the southwest, there are mixed forests with lianas. Thickets of Kuril bamboo grow in the underbrush. Erman’s birch and Japanese stone pines are found in the upper mountain belt. The city of Kuril’sk is located on Iturup.

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5, 1945, when the Soviet Union hurriedly nullified the existing Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Treaty and invaded not only Japanese-occupied Manchuria, but also southern Sakhalin Island and the ancient Japanese territories of Etorofu Island, Kunashiri Island, Shikotan Island and the Habomai Islands.
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Medvedev, who is on a Far Eastern tour from Monday to Thursday, said earlier Tuesday in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk that although he is planning to visit Etorofu Island, he will not be able to fly there for the time being due to bad weather conditions, according to local reports.
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Russia also plans to deploy Mi-28 attack helicopters, which are capable of operating at night and are armed with antitank and air-to-air missiles, on Etorofu Island.
Its focus was in waters off Etorofu Island, one of the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan, the agency said.
Dmitri Bulgakov, traveled to the Russian-controlled Etorofu Island off Hokkaido on Thursday, a Defense Ministry official told Kyodo News.
Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada warned Russia on Friday against holding a military drill at Etorofu Island, one of the four Russian-administered islands claimed by Japan off Hokkaido.
The officials had said residents of Etorofu Island are rejecting the delegation in protest at the newly enacted amendment to a Japanese law that declares the Russian-held islands to be an ''integral part'' of Japan.