Borders of Russia

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev visits Kunashiri Island, Southern Kurils also know as the Northern Territories in Japan. Photo: Reuters

Abe to discuss disputed Kuril islands with Putin

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a three-day visit to Moscow next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin. Abe's visit, starting on Sunday, appears aimed at boosting ties hindered by a long-standing territorial dispute dating from the second world war