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.
Ivanov led several Cabinet members in Sunday's visit to Etorofu Island
to check the development of infrastructure projects there, the official said.
MOSCOW - A fire Wednesday destroyed a major seafood processing plant in the city of Reydovo on Etorofu Island
, one of four islands claimed by Japan and Russia, Interfax news agency reported.
According to the sources, Masahide Iino, 44, head of a Mitsui industry project team, had interfered with the bidding process for a government-funded power project on Etorofu Island
in March 1999 before the bidding for the project on Kunashiri Island.
The team will leave later Wednesday for Etorofu Island
, where construction of the plant in Shana is slated for completion in late September, the ministry said in a statement.
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.
Ivanov led several Cabinet members in Sunday's visit to check the development of infrastructure projects on Etorofu Island
, a Sakhalin provincial official said.
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.