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Russia is concerned that Japan is allowing Washington to use its territory as a base for a U.S. military buildup in north Asia under the pretext of countering North Korea, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

His remarks came at a joint news conference Friday with Foreign Minister Taro Kono, after the two held talks in Moscow, and prompted Kono to defend Japan’s stance toward North Korea and its ties with the United States.

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