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Kremlin says more trust-building needed for Kurile deal with Japan

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and Japan need to do more work to build trust before a treaty can be signed to resolve a decades-old row over a group of Pacific islands, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Wednesday.

Ushakov said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would talk about the disputed territory – known in Russia as the Kurile islands and in Japan as the Northern Territories — when they meet in Russia next week.

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Christian Lowe; editing by John Stonestreet)

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