Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit. Photo: EPA

Russia says ‘certainly not’ to automatic return of disputed islands to Japan

  • The dispute over the Kuril chain goes back to the end of the second world war
  • Last week, Putin and Japanese leader Shinzo Abe agreed in Singapore to accelerate talks about the four islands in question
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit. Photo: EPA
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