Russia expands military construction plans on Kuril islands - report

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin visits a fish processing complex on the southern Kuril island of Iturup, Russia July 26, 2021. Sputnik/Dmitry Astakhov/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Russia plans to build 51 more pieces of military infrastructure on the Kuril islands, the state TASS news agency quoted Russia's defence ministry as saying on Monday.

Part of the chain is claimed by Japan and the territorial dispute over some of the islands dates back to the time when the then-Soviet Union seized them at the end of World War Two, and has kept the two countries from signing a formal peace treaty.

The ministry said in a statement it has erected more than 30 buildings on the islands, including seven living quarters for military servicemen on Iturup and Kunashir islands claimed by Japan and known as the Northern Territories there.

It provided no details on what kinds of buildings it planned to build in the coming years.

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov Editing by Katya Golubkova and Tomasz Janowski

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