Russia rejects talks with Japan on fishing close to disputed islands

Moscow has refused to carry talks with Tokyo on Japanese fishing operations in waters close to disputed northwestern Pacific islands, fisheries minister Tetsuro Nomura mentioned Monday.

Moscow notified Tokyo on Thursday that it can’t at present organize a schedule for the talks on Japanese fishing operations for Alaska pollock, octopuses, Okhotsk Atka mackerel and different seafood, in accordance with Nomura.

Japanese fishing operations are already being affected, because the fishing season for Alaska pollock often runs from early January to mid-March.

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