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Japan's foreign minister to visit Moscow next week
January 11, 2019

Japan's foreign minister Taro Kono will visit Moscow next week for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on a decades-long row over four disputed islands.

This was announced by Russian foreign ministry in Moscow on Friday.  

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said a first round of Russian-Japanese talks on the problem of reaching a peace deal between the two countries will be held on Monday.

The visit comes after Russia accused Japan this week of whipping up tensions before an expected meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

Moscow and Tokyo never signed a peace treaty after World War II due to the territorial dispute over the islands invaded by the Soviet Union in the final days of the war.

Russia calls the islands the Kurils and Japan calls them its Northern Territories.

Putin and Abe last met in November and agreed to accelerate talks to formally end World War II hostilities, taking a 1956 joint declaration as their starting point.