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Is Russia’s Military Deploying 10,000 Additional Troops on the Kuril Islands?
March 01, 2017

Is Russia’s Military Deploying 10,000 Additional Troops on the Kuril Islands?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Russia’s defense minister intends to station a new Russian army division on the disputed Kuril Islands in 2017.

Don’t Expect Surprises From Vladimir Putin’s Visit to Japan
December 07, 2016

Don’t Expect Surprises From Vladimir Putin’s Visit to Japan

By Dmitry Filippov
Japan is hoping for a breakthrough on a long-standing territorial dispute. That's not likely to happen.
Russia and Japan Unlikely to Make ‘Serious Progress’ in Kuril Islands Dispute
May 05, 2016

Russia and Japan Unlikely to Make ‘Serious Progress’ in Kuril Islands Dispute

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Kremlin cautions that this Friday’s Abe-Putin meeting will not resolve a long-standing territorial dispute.

Russia to Deploy Missile Systems on Kuril Islands
March 28, 2016

Russia to Deploy Missile Systems on Kuril Islands

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Moscow is allegedly also exploring whether the islands could serve as a naval base for its Pacific fleet.

Putin’s Visit to Japan Indefinitely Postponed
October 16, 2015

Putin’s Visit to Japan Indefinitely Postponed

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The “environment is not suitable for a visit” at this time.

How Russia Tries to Intimidate Japan
July 25, 2015

How Russia Tries to Intimidate Japan

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Moscow is stepping up its military presence on the disputed Kuril Islands.

Full Speed Ahead: Russia to Accelerate Construction in the Kurils
June 09, 2015

Full Speed Ahead: Russia to Accelerate Construction in the Kurils

By Catherine Putz
Moscow's push to speed up development of the islands is, in part, a jab at Tokyo over Abe's visit to Ukraine.
Kuril Islands Dispute: Back to Gridlock?
August 14, 2014

Kuril Islands Dispute: Back to Gridlock?

By Ankit Panda
It looks like the Kuril Islands dispute will head back to gridlock.

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