Putin agreed to permit visa-free entry for Japanese to the South Kuril Islands
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he sees no political restrictions for visa-free visits of Japanese tourists to the South Kurils Islands. It is only need to solve technical issues.
"As for humanitarian aspects, it was the Prime Minister's initiative. He raised this issue at our last meeting in Lima and just asked me, will not we agree with free access of Japanese citizens to the South Kuril Islands", - he said in interview with Japanese media on the eve of his visit to this country.
"I immediately said yes, it is quite possible. It is only necessary for both Ministries of Foreign Affairs to decide together the technical issues. I do not see any political restrictions,..", - added the head of the Russian state.