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Russian president may visit other Kuril isles despite Japan's protest: Lavrov

2010-11-03 03:33:44 GMT2010-11-03 11:33:44 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev take pictures during his visit to Kunashiri Island, one of four islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and Northern Territories in Japan, November 1, 2010. (Reuters)

MOSCOW, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev plans to visit other parts of the Kuril islands after his Monday trip to Kunashiri, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Lavrov, who is attending a conference in Oslo, said he has spoken with Medvedev Tuesday morning on this issue, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

According to the minister, they discussed the improvement of social-economic situation in the region.

"Financing of the Kurils will be changed dramatically," Lavrov said, adding that Moscow has no plan to recall its ambassador from Tokyo.

"For our part, we do not plan to take any steps because we have never done anything capable of making our relations with Japan worse. Our ambassador in Tokyo does not plan to pay any visits abroad," Lavrov told a news conference.

Japan's decision to temporarily recall its ambassador from Russia was Japan's "internal matter," he added.

Medvedev's trip to Kurils sparked fierce reaction in Tokyo which claimed the disputed islands it called Northern Territories since the end of World War II.

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