Russia agrees to promote talks on settling Northern Territories issue


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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