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Kremlin says it disagrees with Japan’s claim to sovereignty over the islands

The Kremlin said on Tuesday it disagreed with comments by new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that Japanese sovereignty extended to a chain of islands known to Tokyo as the Northern Territories. , and that they were in fact part of Russia. “We do not agree with such a statement,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call. “It is Russian territory, and Russia has repeatedly reaffirmed its political will at various levels to continue dialogue with Japan to find solutions to the sensitive issues that remain on the agenda.”

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