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Putin, Abe talks fail to break island impasse

Moscow - The leaders of Russia and Japan fell short of agreement Tuesday over a disputed island chain that has long prevented a peace treaty to formally end World War II.

Putin, Abe hold summit to break island impasse

Moscow - Russia and Japan's leaders meet for talks in Moscow Tuesday over the disputed island chain that has long prevented a peace treaty to end World War II. But recent rhetoric has dampened hopes of a breakthrough.

Russians protest Kuril islands handover to Japan

Moscow - Hundreds of Russians protested against a feared giveaway of strategic islands to Japan on Sunday, two days before a key summit between the countries' leaders in Moscow.

Moscow says Japan must recognise all Kurils as Russian

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday after meeting his Japanese counterpart that Tokyo must recognise Moscow's sovereignty over all of the disputed south Kuril islands in order for peace talks to continue.

Russia accuses Japan of whipping up tensions in islands dispute

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday accused Japan of whipping up tensions ahead of a planned visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks with President Vladimir Putin on formally ending World War II hostilities.

'Naive' to expect quick settling of island dispute with Japan: Putin

Vladivostok - Russia's territorial dispute with Japan over the Kuril islands was unlikely to be settled soon, President Vladimir Putin said Monday, seeming to pour cold water on his Japanese counterpart's more optimistic forecast.

Russia to raise military presence on disputed Kuril islands

Moscow - Russia said Friday it was taking unprecedented measures to upgrade its military presence on the far-eastern Kuril islands claimed by Japan, including plans to set up a new base on an uninhabited island.

Russia to deploy missile systems on Kuril islands: Minister

Moscow - Russia will deploy a range of coastal missile systems on the far-eastern Kuril islands, claimed by Japan, as part of its military build-up in the region, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday.

Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan

Moscow - Russia has begun building two modern military compounds on the far eastern Kuril islands, defence minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday, heightening long-running tensions with Japan over the disputed islands.

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