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Russian foreign ministry criticizes Abe’s remarks on peace treaty talks

NHK reported that Russia’s ministry of foreign affairs released a statement saying that Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov met with Japanese Ambassador to Moscow Kozuki on Wednesday to discuss Prime Minister Abe’s recent remarks on peace treaty talks between Tokyo and Moscow. Abe reportedly said that it is necessary for Russian residents of the Northern Territories to understand that the sovereignty of the islands on which they live may change. Morgulov reportedly criticized Abe’s remarks by saying that such remarks could cause confusion among both the Japanese and Russian peoples and upset the atmosphere of the bilateral talks by pushing a unilateral scenario for settling the dispute. The broadcaster speculated that the move by the Russian foreign ministry was intended to send a warning to Japan and stress to the Russian people that nothing has yet been decided on the handover of the disputed islands.

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