Borders of Russia

Abe to discuss disputed Kuril islands with Putin

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev visits Kunashiri Island, Southern Kurils also know as the Northern Territories in Japan. Photo: Reuters

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a three-day visit to Moscow next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin. Abe's visit, starting on Sunday, appears aimed at boosting ties hindered by a long-standing territorial dispute dating from the second world war

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 3:20am

Islamist rebels in Dagestan deny link to Boston bombing

The Islamist rebel leader Doku Umarov (centre). Photo: AFP

Islamist rebels in the Russian republic of Dagestan have denied any links to the bombing of the Boston marathon. US investigators have begun to focus on a trip last year to Dagestan taken by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspect killed during a manhunt on Friday, to see if he developed ties with the restive republic's violent rebel movement, the Vilayat Dagestan.

23 Apr 2013 - 8:46am

Japan plans to better spell out its claims to disputed islands

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev takes pictures during his visit to Kunashiri Island, one of four islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and Northern Territories in Japan. Photo: Reuters

The Japanese government plans to set up a team of experts to devise ways to better spell out Tokyo's position in territorial disputes with its neighbours. A panel will submit a report to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in about six months.

4 Apr 2013 - 2:29am

Russia will allow Chinese fishermen to return home

Beijing will post bail for dozens of mainland fishermen arrested in Russian waters a fortnight ago and work with Moscow on ways to prevent similar incidents in future.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

An alliance built on interests, not friendship

Chinese students of their country's history discover that, apart from a dozen years of 'communist friendship', Russia has been as hostile as any of the 'imperialist' powers.

5 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Russians ponder the future as Chinese influence rises

In 1860, the Russian ambassador to Beijing managed to secure a 777,000sq/km plot of land north and east of the Amur river, including modern day Khabarovsk and Vladivostok.

3 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

UN group wants Japanese funds

A United Nations-backed programme has decided to ask Japan to join its consultative commission in a bid to lure more Japanese funds to help develop the Tumen River area in northeast Asia.

The motion, proposed by China, was endorsed by Mongolia, Russia and South Korea during the annual commission meeting, this year held in the SAR during the past two days.

7 Apr 2001 - 12:00am