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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia-Japan Talks Set for November

Russia and Japan on Wednesday announced plans for a summit Nov. 1 and 2 in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk to improve bilateral relations, which have been dominated by a territorial dispute left over from World War II.

The Kremlin said President Boris Yeltsin and Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto would be meeting informally.

"It will be the two leaders' first informal meeting," Kremlin spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky said. "Both delegations will be very small so that they can exchange views in a relaxed atmosphere on a wide range of issues."

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiroku Kajiyama said earlier in Tokyo that the two would discuss ways to improve political and economic relations.

Japan has always insisted on the return of a group of islands off its northern island of Hokkaido before normal relations can be restored and has held back large-scale aid to Russia.