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During a telephone conference Wednesday with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi lodged a formal protest over the Russian premier’s visit in July to one of the disputed territories north of Japan.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin visited Etorofu Island, one of a group of Russian-held islands claimed by Japan, marking the first trip to one of the islands off Hokkaido by a Russian premier since August 2018. The island is known in Russia as Iturup.

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