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    Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that he suggested a new approach to Kuril Islands' dispute during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Shinzo Abe told to Japan's news agency Kyodo that together with Putin they agreed to resolve territorial row using the new approach.

    Earlier, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the topic was brought up again during Putin’s meeting with Abe. He said it was discussed in a very "constructive" manner and will be advanced on the level of foreign ministers.

    A territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands has prevented Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty after World War II behind Tokyo's claims to Kunashiri, Etorofu, Shikotan islands and the Habomai group of islets dividing the Sea of Okhotsk from the Pacific Ocean. Moscow maintains that the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty transferring control of the islands to the Soviet Union stipulates Russian sovereignty over the Kurils, which Tokyo classifies as its northern territories.


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