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Russia, Japan Push for End to Row Over Disputed Islands

Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to draw up proposals this year to end a row over the disputed islands Kurile Islands. Tokyo-Moscow relations have been hampered for decades by a dispute over the islands, which Soviet troops seized at the end of World War Two. Lingering tensions over the islands have prevented Japan and Russia from signing a peace treaty to formally end the war, hindering trade and investment ties. "Particularly...

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