He stated that their visit “does not coincide with Japan’s unchanged position on the northern territories” and cannot be accepted by Tokyo. Motegi said that in this form the protest was expressed to the Russian side.
Reports of Khusnullin and Grigorenko’s working visits to the Far East appeared on October 12. The press service of the Cabinet of Ministers clarified that the Deputy Prime Ministers will check the execution of the orders of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. They were also going to visit the Yasny fish processing complex on the Iturup Island.
The new Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida on the same day issued a statement that Tokyo’s sovereignty extends to the South Kuriles. At the same time, he said that the issue of the disputed territory should not be left to the next generations.