Russian Presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, in the wake of media, reported that Russia had placed coastal missile systems Bastion and Bal on the Iturup and Kunashir islands, affirmed that the deployment of missile systems in the Kuril Islands is well founded and it should not harm Russia’s talks with Tokyo, including those on concluding a peace treaty. Russia and Japan have been in talks (with intermissions) over a peace treaty based on the outcome of World War II. Sovereignty over the southern part of the Kuril Islands is the stumbling block. After the war, the Soviet Union took over the whole of the Kuril archipelago. Japan keeps disputing sovereignty over the Iturup, Kunashir and Shikotan islands and the uninhabited string of small islands Habomai. On Saturday, after a meeting with Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, affirmed that the peace treaty between the two countries isn’t a simple problem to resolve but Moscow-Tokyo consultations on the issue are continuing. At the same time, the Russian President affirmed that talks on signing a peace treaty prove the evidence of the progress in the relations between the two countries.
The Serb List has expressed its readiness to talk with parties of the governing coalition in Kosovo with the aim of returning to the institutions. Leader of the Serb List, Slavko Simic declared that he’s expecting an invitation by Prime Minister Isa Mustafa to discuss the modalities of the return of Serb MPs in the Parliament of Kosovo. For the Serb List, the most important priority is the establishment of the Association of Serb Communes, as a product of the agreement reached in Brussels in the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade.
On Friday, Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin’s spokesman, affirmed that the Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to hold talks with the leaders of China, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines and Peru on November 19 on the sidelines of the APEC summit due to open in Peru’s capital of Lima, which Putin will attend. Peskov went on saying that the administrations of the Russian and US presidents did not arrange a separate meeting of Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama. However, the two leaders will be able to talk with each other in Peru. The Kremlin spokesman declined to specify the possible topics of the conversation, adding that the two leaders may discuss about “the most pressing issues.”
On Friday, following talks with Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, affirmed that Washington’s active role in the Middle East is necessary. He also said that Russia will continue its efforts to settle the relations between Israel and Palestine. Mahmoud Abbas in his turn also confirmed that Palestine expected the new US administration to help it settle its conflict with Israel. Abbas has also called on Russia to play a permanent effective role in ironing out disagreements between Israel and Palestine. The Palestinian leader noted that during the talks with Medvedev the two leaders raised the issue of a trilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Moscow, which, according to Abbas, the Israeli side earlier proposed to postpone.