Russian politicians face off in Kurile row 31 July, 1992
By John Helmer
The Moscow Times
The Kurile Islands have become a political battleground this week between Russia's Foreign Ministry and parliament. The development follows a warning last week from a senior member of the parliamentary committee on international relations, Viktor Sheinis, who said in an interview that because of disagreements over the future status of the Kurile Island territories, "now is not a very favorable time" for President Boris Yeltsin to plan a visit to Tokyo. That visit is due to start on Sept. 15. On July 24 the chairman of parliament's Constitutional Commission, Oleg Rumyantsev, proposed that deputies vote to recommend postponement of the presidential visit unless Yeltsin and parliament first agreed on the constitutional limits of the president's power to negotiate the future of the islands. A closed-door hearing on this issue was called by Rumyantsev at the Supreme Soviet on Tuesday.