Russia says no 'automatic' return of disputed islands to Japan
"Can you say that this means an automatic return of some territories? Certainly not," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian TV in remarks reported by the TASS agency.
Tokyo claims however that some islands, which it refers to as its Northern Territories, were not covered in the agreement and should be handed back.
The dispute has been standing in the way of a peace treaty between the two nations that would officially end World War II hostilities.
Last week, Putin and Japanese leader Shinzo Abe agreed in Singapore to accelerate talks about the four islands in question.
A Japanese foreign ministry spokesman said last week that Abe would travel to Russia early next year for the talks. (AFP) SMJ
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