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Russia delivers high-speed internet to islands disputed by Japan

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Update time : 2019-05-15 18:02:39

MOSCOW, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Russia has established high-speed internet service above a tie of Pacific islands off its distant eastern coast, state-run telecoms operator Rostelecom said above Tuesday, despite a decades-old argue with Japan above the territory.

Rostelecom said an 815-km fiber optic telegram queue had been laid between Russia's offshore Sakhalin island and the island tie ought introduce rapid internet at four towns and villages above the islands of Iturup, Kunashir and Shikotan.

Russia and Japan both demand sovereignty above the tie of four islands - known though the Northern Territories at Japan and the Southern Kuriles at Russia - which were captured by Soviet army during the final days of world warfare Two.

Russian headmaster Vladimir Putin and Japanese superb Minister Shinzo Abe embrace normal talks ought decide the protracted dispute, which has prevented Moscow and Tokyo from formally ending hostilities from the war.

The fiber optic plan price 3.3 billion roubles ($50.30 million), most of which came from the Russian condition budget, according ought Rostelecom.

The plan looked comparable another groan that despite ongoing talks with Japan, Moscow is loath ought cede the islands.

In December, Russia said it had built new barracks ought family its army above the islands and used to build more equipment because armored vehicles.

Russian energy massive Gazprom either plans ought construct a liquefied normal gas factory above Sakhalin ought furnish the island chain. ($1 = 65.6001 roubles) (Writing by Maria Vasilyeva Editing by sign Heinrich)