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    Moscow, Tokyo to Continue Territorial Talks, Putin Japan Visit Date Not Set

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to continue talks over the Kuril Islands, Japanese media reported Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Japan Today, both countries agreed during a Sunday meeting at the G20 summit in Turkey to coordinate terms of a visit by the Russian leader to Japan through diplomatic channels to organize it as a foreseeable prospect, but have not set specific details for it.

    According to the outlet, a slight possibility exists that the visit could take place before the end of 2015.

    The Kuril Islands are the subject of the long-standing territorial dispute between Russia and Japan. Japan claims for Kunashiri, Etorofu, Shikotan islands and the Habomai group of islets dividing the Sea of Okhotsk from the Pacific ocean. The territorial dispute has prevented Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty.

    Relations between the two countries became strained after Tokyo announced its support for Western economic sanctions against Russia imposed in 2014 over Moscow's alleged interference in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, which Russia has denied.


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