Press See Kuril Visit As Major Step

Press editorials and commentaries in Russia, Japan and China all agree that the visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to one of the Kuril Islands is a major development in the long-running dispute with Japan.

Some Russian papers were concerned that President Medvedev might receive a hostile reception at the forthcoming APEC summit in Yokohama.

Several Japanese newspapers accused their own government of foreign policy blunders over Russia, and called for closer ties with the United States.

The Chinese press, in common with some Japanese papers, drew parallels with Japan's dispute with China over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea."