China is not the only country, which is engaged in the development of the "disputed" territories of the American magazine The National Interest. About the fact that the Russian Federation focuses efforts on implementing a comprehensive program of rehabilitation of the infrastructure of the Kuril Islands, was read from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers Medvedev said that the project started a few years ago and now has entered the active phase.
"armed forces and Ministry of defence are there not only there is a military component, but also the associated civilian component. Need to join forces. The more that the island has performed and will perform not only the usual function, but the function of protection of our borders, for this reason, much attention is paid. There are units military power of the Russian Federation, " Medvedev said.
Dmitry Medvedev also said that in the near future is going to visit the Kuril Islands, calling and other members of the Cabinet of Ministers to follow his example.
Among the consequences of these steps the Russian government The National Interest calls possible deterioration in relations between Russia and Japan.
the journal emphasizes that the Russian Prime Minister is not the 1st time doing "special emphasis" on the Kuril Islands. So, back in 2010, during his tenure as President, he visited the Kuril Islands, becoming the first leader Among the heads of the USSR and Russia, who visited these Islands. After Medvedev visited the Kuril Islands and other high-ranking Russian officials, including the Minister of defense. Naoto Kan, who served at the time as Prime Minister of Japan, described the visits of the Russian leadership as " inexcusable rudeness ", which resulted in a regression in relations between countries.
the Creator of the article believes that the work started by the Russian government, the campaign is a response to the visit of Prime Minister of Japan to Ukraine, where he expressed support for President Petro Poroshenko.
besides protecting borders, According to Dmitry Medvedev, the government initiative aimed at improving living conditions on the Islands and attracting in the region of people.
at the end of The National Interest quoted expression Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who last month announced an intensification of efforts to develop infrastructure in the Kuril Islands.