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May 16, 2021

Medvedev planning new visit to disputed Kurils

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is said to be planning to visit more of the disputed Kuril Islands, despite growing anger from Japan. He became the first Russian leader to visit one of the four islands on Monday, prompting Tokyo to temporarily recall its Moscow ambassador. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Medvedev would now make another trip aimed at securing investment. The Kuril Islands were seized by Soviet troops at the end of World War II. Hours after Japan announced it was recalling its ambassador, Lavrov told reporters in Norway that Tokyo’s “strong reaction” was unacceptable. He denied that Russia had done anything to harm diplomatic ties. I don’t think we plan any steps on our side because we never undertook anything that would worsen our relations with Japan,” he said.

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