Russia's Putin accepts Japan invitation, minister says




 
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Russia's Putin accepts Japan invitation, minister says
 
January 21st, 2014  
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Russia's Putin accepts Japan invitation, minister says
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted an invitation to visit Japan, and the two countries will soon start consultations on a peace treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe invited Putin to visit Japan in 2014 while on a trip to Moscow last April, during which they agreed to revive talks on resolving the dispute over a chain of islands known in Russia as the Southern Kuriles and in Japan as the Northern Territories. "President Putin has accepted the Japanese prime minister's invitation to visit the country," Lavrov told a news conference. The islands northeast of Hokkaido were seized by the Soviet Union after it declared war on Japan in August 1945, forcing about 17,000 Japanese to flee, days before Japan surrendered.




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