• Kyodo


Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, agreed Saturday to promote talks to address the territorial row over four Russia-controlled islands off Hokkaido.

During the meeting on the sidelines of a security meeting in Munich, the two ministers confirmed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet for talks on Feb. 8 in Sochi, Russia.

Putin is also expected to visit Japan this year.

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