A bust of Vladimir Lenin in front of a Russian Orthodox church on the Island of Kunashir. Photo: Reuters

Japan thought a deal for the Kuril islands was on its way. Russia just delivered a reality check

  • Talks appeared to be going well until a series of announcements by Tokyo that angered Moscow, causing it to summon the Japanese ambassador
  • The disputed islands, which the Soviets seized at the end of the second world war, are the main reason Japan and Russia never signed a peace treaty
Topic |   Japan

TOP PICKS

A bust of Vladimir Lenin in front of a Russian Orthodox church on the Island of Kunashir. Photo: Reuters
READ FULL ARTICLE