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Russian FM plans to visit Japan around spring

  • January 15, 2022

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he plans to visit Japan within the next two or three months.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Lavrov said his country is determined to make dialogue with Tokyo more substantive, concrete and open.

He expressed hope about promoting bilateral relations, including economically.

Japan and Russia are yet to sign a peace treaty following the end of World War Two. The issue of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan has been a major sticking point.

The Japanese government maintains that the islands are an inherent part of Japan’s territory. It says the islands were illegally occupied after World War Two.

Lavrov said a treaty should completely reflect current bilateral relations, and open up new prospects for development. He also stressed that the territorial issue should not be included in negotiations.

The coronavirus pandemic has prevented the leaders of Japan and Russia from visiting each other.

Attention is focused on whether Lavrov’s visit will kick start full-fledged political dialogue between the two countries.

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