"Russia has built military barracks on two of a total of four islands in the archipelago of the Kuril islands, which both Russia and Japan claiming the right to. The news comes from the Russian defence ministry also announces that the military will confine troops to barracks during the next week. In addition, the planned buildings to accommodate armored vehicles."
"the Soviet union took over the islands from Japan during the second world war."
"Russian president Vladimir Putin and Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe have met on several occasions to try to find a solution about which country should control the islands. Diplomats on both sides have talked about the possibility to revive a draft of an agreement from the Soviet era that proposes that two of the four islands should be returned to Japan."
"the Next meeting between Putin and Abe could be held in Russia on January 21, according to the government of Moscow."