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Japan says PM to meet Russian president despite row

2010-11-02 02:53:23 GMT2010-11-02 10:53:23 (Beijing Time)

An aerial view shows Kunashiri Island, one of four islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and Northern Territories in Japan, is seen in this photo taken 2005. [Photo/Agencies]

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is likely to hold bilateral talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in mid-November on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific leaders summit, Japan said on Tuesday, despite a diplomatic row over disputed islands.

Medvedev on Monday visited an island claimed by Moscow and Tokyo, one of four known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan, a move that was likely to snarl ties between the two nations ahead of the Nov 13-14 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit that Japan hosts.


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