23 Jul 2021 17:46

Putin instructs Russian PM to pay attention to economic activities on Kuril Islands, including with Japan, on trip to Far East

MOSCOW. July 23 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to pay attention to economic activities on the Kuril Islands, including jointly with Japan, during his upcoming working visit to the Far East.

"I know that the prime minister is leaving for the Far East, for Irkutsk, soon," he said at a meeting with permanent members of the Russian Security Council.

"I want to ask you, Mikhail Vladimirovich [Mishustin], you have a big program there, you have reported to me, I know - look at the rundown housing in some regions, medicine, etc. - but I would like to ask you to pay special attention to the situation on the Kuril Islands," the president said.

"You know that we have long organized with our Japanese partners work to create the necessary conditions for economic activity participants. We have discussed that with you, good work has been done, you have very good proposals," he said.

Putin did not specify these proposals, saying only that they "are absolutely unique, unprecedented."

"I am saying this specifically to intrigue economic activity participants, and I hope we will finally state these proposals after your visit, assessment of the situation there, and we will definitely implement them," he said.