30 Jan 2019 11:51

It's time Japan started joint economic activity on Kuril Islands - Trutnev

VLADIVOSTOK. Jan 30 (Interfax) - It is time Japan moved from words to joint economic projects with Russia on the Kuril Islands, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Representative to the Far Eastern Federal District, Yury Trutnev, said.

"As for the talks with Japan, they have been on for quite some time. We are discussing economic cooperation, but there are no joint projects on the Kuril Islands. I think it is high time our Japanese partners moved from declarations to factual joint activity," Trutnev told the press in Vladivostok on Wednesday.

In his opinion, the joint economic activity on the Kuril Islands "would bolster mutual understanding and be good for the economies of both countries."

"But there is nothing but general political discussions so far," Trutnev said.