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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, welcomes Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono for their talks in Moscow Monday. Lavrov threw cold water on Tokyo's hopes for a quick return of the disputed Pacific islands, warning Japan that it must recognize them as part of Russia's territory as a starting point for talks. | AP

Russia: Kuril islands sovereignty not for discussion

Moscow's sovereignty over a chain of islands seized from Japan at the end of World War II is not up for debate, the Russian foreign minister has said after meeting his Japanese counterpart, adding that disagreements between the countries still obstruct the path to a peace deal.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) meets with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Moscow on January 14, 2019. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV - AFP)

Russia, Japan meet on WWII dispute in Moscow

The foreign ministers of Russia and Japan met in Moscow on Monday pushing ahead with efforts to strike a peace deal and end a decades-old dispute over four strategic islands.
Russian President Putin shakes hands with Japanese PM Abe during their meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok

Vladimir Putin proposes Russia signs peace deal with Japan

President Vladimir Putin suggested Wednesday Russia and Japan sign a peace deal “without any preconditions” by the end of the year, a historic proposal to try to solve a territorial dispute after decades of deadlock.

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