By Yu Runze, Sina English
Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a government order on Monday, granting additional funds for development program in Kuril Islands. Among these funds, 120 million ruble was allocated to road project on Iturup, called Etorofu in Japan.
The road connects Kurilsk , the administrative center of Kurilsky District, and a village 12 km from Kurilsk. The village is claimed by both Russia and Japan.
“I hope the order could be carried out immediately, and the programme could be implemented completely. Russia will never forget people in remote regions,” said Medvedev.
Russia and Japan have disputes over the Kuril Islands, which are called the Northern territories in Japan.
The islands, comprising the islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, the Khabomai Rocks and Iturup, which were occupied by Soviet forces at the end of World War II, are under Russian administration as South Kuril District of the Sakhalin Oblast. The territorial row has blocked a peace treaty between the two countries since the end of World War II.
Dmitry Medvedev visited the island in his capacity as the Russian President in 2010. He was the first ever Russian head of the state who visited Southern Kurils.
Medvedev set foot on Kunashir Island for the second time as the Russian prime minister in 2012. He has stated that the Russian leadership “will continue the practice” of visiting the Kuril Islands.