• Japan premier hits out at Russian PM’s visit to disputed islands


    TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday criticized his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev’s weekend visit to disputed islands, aggravating a long-running dispute over the archipelago. The visit “conflicts with Japan’s position and hurts the feelings of the Japanese people. It is extremely regrettable,” Abe told a parliamentary panel when asked about the trip. Abe’s first comments on the visit come after the Russian prime minister on Saturday arrived in Iturup, one of four in the Kuril island chain that lies off Russia’s far eastern coast and just north of Japan. The visit has also led to Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to postpone a planned trip to Russia in the next few weeks, local reports said, citing government sources.



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