• Kyodo


Russian emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev on Wednesday visited an island claimed by Japan off Hokkaido that is at the center of a long-standing territorial dispute between the two countries.

It is the first visit to one of the four disputed islands by a senior Russian government official since August last year, when then Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev traveled to Etorofu Island, known as Iturup in Russia, according to a Japanese government official.

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