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President Putin says Russia has returned to negotiation table on Northern Territories

TV Asahi reported at noon that President Putin said on Tuesday in China that Russia “has returned to the negotiating table” on the issue of Northern Territories and that Russia will move forward with the negotiations on the Northern Territories based on the 1956 Japan-Soviet Joint Declaration which called on Russia to return the Habomai and Shikotan islands to Japan. The network said that the Russian leader also pointed out the need to examine conditions for the return of the two islands and jurisdiction of the islands. Putin also reportedly expressed the view that the negotiations will not be easy by saying there are security, economy, and humanitarian issues.

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