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Putin suggests Russia won’t make concessions over territorial row 

All national dailies reported from Moscow on remarks made to the local press last week by President Putin concerning the Northern Territories dispute with Japan. “I want to develop ties with Japan, and I will. But I will do absolutely nothing that runs counter to the Constitution.” Explaining that a new provision prohibiting cession of any territory was adopted last year as a result of constitutional revision, the daily interpreted the Russian leader’s remark to mean that his administration will not heed Tokyo’s demand for the return of the four contested islands.  Asahi speculated that Putin’s comment perhaps reflected his displeasure with the Suga administration apparently attaching lower priority to Russo-Japanese relations than the Abe administration. 

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