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Japan braces for Russia taking tough stance in territorial talks

Saturday morning’s Asahi wrote that Russian President Putin’s recent remark voicing doubt about whether Japan would be able to make an independent decision on the deployment of U.S. troops was intended to keep Tokyo in check ahead of the upcoming talks on the Northern Territories. The daily said the GOJ is bracing for Moscow’s taking a hardline stance when Foreign Minister Kono visits Moscow for talks with Foreign Minister Lavrov on Jan. 14.


In a related story, Sunday’s Yomiuri claimed that Prime Minister Abe is likely to hold a summit with President Putin in Moscow on Jan. 21 before attending the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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