INTERNATIONAL

Moscow-Tokyo Ties: Kremlin Denounces Japan's Claim Over Disputed Islands

The Kremlin has denounced a claim by Japan’s New Prime Minister that Japan’s sovereignty extends to a chain of islands disputed by Tokyo and Moscow.

While Moscow regards the Archipelago that separates the Sea Of Okhotsk and Pacific Ocean as its own, Tokyo says its four southernmost islands belong to Japan.

The disputed islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai lie at their closest point just a few kilometres off the North Coast of Hokkaido, the Northernmost of Japan’s main islands.

Addressing Japan’s Parliament, PM Fumio Kishida laid claim to the four, which are known by Tokyo as the Northern Territories.