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Japan must recognise all disputed islands as Russian: Lavrov

AFP  |  Moscow 

Russian Sergei said Monday that must recognise Russia's sovereignty over all of the disputed south in order for peace talks to continue.

is willing to work toward a peace resolution provided "Japan's indisputable recognition of the entirety of results of World War II, including Russia's sovereignty over all of the islands of the southern Kuril chain," said in a briefing following talks with his Japanese counterpart

said this basic premise is reflected in the 1956 joint declaration of the and Japan, which is willing to use as a starting point.

"This is our base position and without steps in this direction it is very difficult to expect movement forward on other issues," he said.

"Sovereignty over the islands is not up for discussion, this is Russian territory."

Lavrov and Kono spoke in for several hours in their first meeting aimed at speeding up the process toward a formal peace treaty as agreed by and in November.

Unusually, the two foreign ministers did not appear in a joint press conference but scheduled two separate briefings for the media. Lavrov said this was done at the request of

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 18:35 IST