Russia will deprive Japan of the right to fish in the area of the Kuril Islands, as the Japanese side has not paid for the corresponding quota, according to the Deputy Prime Minister, Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District, Yuri Trutnev.
“We have already, in fact, restricted [fish exports], and it was their efforts that were limited – they refused to pay for fishing quotas around the Kuril Islands. Accordingly, this right will be deprived of them. Therefore, they punish themselves well, they don’t even need to be helped,” he said.
Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, announced that Russia was suspending the intergovernmental agreement with Japan on cooperation in the field of fishing for marine living resources in the southern part of the Kuril Islands until Tokyo fulfills its financial obligations.
She noted that Japan had frozen payments due under the agreement and delayed the process of signing the annual document on the provision of gratuitous technical assistance to the Sakhalin Region, which is an integral element of this intergovernmental agreement.
Japan and Russia signed this agreement in 1998. It allowed Japanese fishermen to fish within the quota allocated by the Russian side near the southern part of the Kuril Islands. The Japanese government expressed regret over Moscow’s decision, but admitted that it had not yet made another payment as part of the implementation of the agreement.