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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivanov to Visit Japan

MOSCOW -- Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov is to visit Japan on Feb. 20 and 21, Interfax reported Wednesday, citing diplomatic sources.

Ivanov was scheduled to meet later Wednesday with the Deputy Japanese Foreign Minister Minoru Tamba for talks on cooperation on the disputed Kuril Islands in Russia's Far East.

Japan is demanding the return of the four island group, seized by Soviet forces in the closing days of World War II, before signing a formal peace treaty with Russia.