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FM Kono to visit Russia

Yomiuri and Sankei noted that Foreign Minister Kono will visit Moscow today for talks with his Russian counterpart Lavrov on Friday. The Japanese minister is reportedly expected to focus on talks on economic activities in the Northern Territories in a bid to build mutual confidence based on the judgment that tangible progress in negotiations over the contested islands is unlikely at least for a while. The dailies added that although Prime Minister Abe plans to hold a summit meeting with President Putin on the sidelines of the G20 confab in Osaka in June, it will be difficult for him to achieve Japan’s goal of seeking a basic agreement on a bilateral peace treaty. 

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