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Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and his Russian counterpart will hold working-level consultations Aug. 19 in Moscow over a long-running territorial dispute, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Sugiyama’s meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov is expected to hash out the two countries’ sovereignty claims over four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido seized by the Soviets in the dying days of the war, according to sources close to Russo-Japanese ties.

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