Russia puts Japan spat on hold for relief effort
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Last Updated: Monday, March 14, 2011, 22:33
Moscow: Russia is putting an escalating territorial spat with Japan on hold to prepare extra energy supplies and provide manpower for the earthquake and tsunami relief effort.

The second of two Russian planes with rescuers and nuclear experts aboard was dispatched to Japan Monday, and Russian officials are readying extra liquefied natural gas and coal to compensate for Japan's nuclear outages.

A group of islands Russia calls the Kurils and Japan the Northern Territories have been a consistent irritant.

Tensions rose sharply after Dmitry Medvedev in November became the first Russian president to visit the islands and Russia made subsequent vows to base military hardware there.

A Kremlin youth group said Monday it had called off a protest against Japan's claims planned to the islands for Tuesday.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, March 14, 2011, 22:33

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