Russia said Tuesday it had place fiber-optic cables to a series of Pacific Islands argue by Japan. Delivering high-speed internet to homes and businesses there despite protests from Tokyo.
According to state-run telecoms operator Rostelecom, an 815 kilometer fiber-optic cable had connected the Russian Islands of Sakhalin and several towns and villages on the Islands of Iturup, Kunashir and Shikotan.
Tokyo has protested against the laying of the cable to the argue chain known as the Kuril Islands in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan. The string of volcanic islands is at the heart of a long-running dispute between the countries that has prevented them signing a formal World War II peace treaty.
The underwater fiber-optic cable was inaugurated after Russia and Japan admit last year to advance talks to formally end World War II hostilities and the festering argue over the Islands.
“The implementation of this project is a milestone event for the Southern Kurils, “Kremlin aide Sergei Ivanov said at the inauguration, adding it would open new opportunities for the region.
“The introduction of high-speed internet to the remote islands that are ours, that are Russian, significantly improves the quality of life for the local population,” he said in remarks released by Rostelecom.
According to the Company, The cost of the project is estimated at 3.3 billion rubles ($50.26 million).
Russia said in December it had built 4 new military barracks in the Kurils, angering Tokyo. The defense ministry says the new barracks are part of the “development of military and social infrastructure” on the Islands.