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Putin firmly defends Russia's sovereignty for Kurile Islands, Japan insists on their return - Comments

The return of the islands is the basis of the peace treaty with Russia, Japanese politicians say The scandal between Russia and Japan regarding the sovereignty of Kurile Islands has resumed this week again. Answering a question from a resident of Sakhalin in Russia's Far East during a call-in conference held on September 27, President Vladimir Putin stated that the sovereignty of Russia's four Kurile Islands was not to be discussed. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said two days later, though, that Japan would continue to insist on the return of the islands

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