Recently the Yomiuri News reported the following:
President Medvedev of Russia described on the 9th that "It was necessary to deploy modern armament to secure the safety of Kuril islands which was an inseparable part of Russia (Northern territories were included)", and directed Defense Minister Serujukofu to expand armament in northern territories. He talked with Defense Minister at the meeting in respect of the development at the Basarugin region.
The president also emphasized that "Kuril islands are strategically important regions". In the northern territories, Russian military corps were stationed in Etorofu and Kunashiri, and Defense Minister showed the plan to finish making an armament update project by the end of February.
The president said, "In the country that was invited, not to think that the cooperation was an insult to the home country", emphasizing the importance of economic cooperation with neighbouring countries in northern territories, and responded strongly towards the remarks made by Prime Minister Gan who had said that "Violence is not easily permitted" when criticizing his visit.
In recently months Russia is increasing its development activities in the northern territories, in spite of Japan's negative response.