Japan and Russia have reached a basic agreement that Moscow will not grant fishing rights to other countries in waters around the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido claimed by Japan.

During working-level talks in Tokyo on Tuesday between Deputy Foreign Minister Toshiyuki Takano and his Russian counterpart, Aleksandr Losyukov, the two sides agreed to “seek a solution that is acceptable to both sides at an early date,” a Foreign Ministry official said.

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