Moscow: At the end of November, the sailors of the Pacific Fleet and the Japanese Marine Self-Defense Forces will hold a joint bilateral military exercise in the waters of the Peter the Great Bay to search for and rescue SAREX, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation said.
As part of the preparatory phase for maneuvers in Vladivostok, a joint planning conference was held, during which the time and place of the exercise was agreed upon. November 20 in Vladivostok with an unofficial call will arrive destroyer ICSD Japan "Hamagiri", said in a statement of the Ministry of Defense.
Exercises such as SAREX will be held 17 times. On Friday, November 10, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held his 20th meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Vietnamese Danang, where the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit is taking place. The parties discussed the signing of a peace treaty between the countries.
After the end of World War II, the peace treaty between the USSR and Japan was never signed. In 1956, a declaration was signed between the countries on the cessation of the state of war, according to which the USSR agreed to reconsider the belonging of certain islands of the South Kuriles.
Japan still insists on the return of the southern islands of the Kurile chain - Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai archipelago, Russia, as the assignee of the USSR does not agree with this.