The Russian military has launched a probe into media reports that soldiers and officers based on the Kuril islands in the country`s far east were left to starve after being given rotten food.
The three-month Akita dog was given by Akita prefecture to show gratitude for Russia`s help after earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in 2011.
Russia and Japan held crisis talks over four Pacific islands.
Kuril Islands has 19,000 inhabitants and has no key industry besides fishing.
Japan stands by its claim to the islands in the southern Kuril chain.
The Kuril islands lie just north of Japan`s Hokkaido island.
Japan has designated February 07 as "Northern Territories Day”.
Japan lost Kuril islands to Soviet troops at the end of World War II.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday said Japan should realise Moscow would not give up
disputed Pacific islands, proposing instead to consider
creating a free economic zone there.
Kuril Islands is Russia`s territory, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.
The Pacific Kuril Islands chain at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan is a "very important" part of Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev said.
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