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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia, Japan Talks

MOSCOW () -- Russia and Japan will revive talks aiming to bring World War II hostilities to a formal end after Russia's June presidential election, Japanese foreign ministry officials said Friday.

The officials, speaking after talks between Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, said the two sides still hoped a peace treaty could be signed.

Tokyo and Moscow, locked in a row over the status of a handful of islands seized by the Soviet Union in the closing days of World War II, have not yet signed a peace treaty bringing the war to a formal conclusion.