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MOSCOW (Kyodo) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned Friday that any attempts by Japan to raise questions about Russia’s sovereignty over four disputed islands off Hokkaido would not help the two countries conclude a bilateral peace treaty.

Medvedev told new Japanese Ambassador to Russia Masaharu Kono, who visited the Kremlin to present his letter of credentials, that Japan has been making a “one-sided and unacceptable” assessment of the decades-old row and called on Tokyo to “assess the situation appropriately” and reach a “correct conclusion.”

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