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Russia plans more visits to disputed islands

02-13-2011 08:53 BJT

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Russian authorities say the country's leadership, including the president, will pay more visits to the disputed Southern Kuril islands in the coming days.

The announcement was made after a meeting between visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, and chief of the Kremlin, Sergei Naryshkin. Naryshkin says visiting the islands is aiming to boost local living standards and ensure state security. Naryshkin also says Russia is willing to discuss a peace treaty with Japan. Both countries have long been at odds over the sovereignty of the four Pacific islands, which are called the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia. The dispute has prevented a peace treaty between the two countries since the end of the Second World War.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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