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Russia unsure if Japan-U.S. treaty revision will affect islands dispute

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Russia unsure if Japan-U.S. treaty revision will affect islands dispute
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov walks with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Mori ahead of peace treaty talks in Moscow, Russia March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov   -   Copyright  MAXIM SHEMETOV(Reuters)
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OSAKA (Reuters) – Russia will need to wait for the United States and Japan to revise their security treaty before deciding how it is going to affect Moscow-Tokyo talks on disputed islands, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said on Saturday.

“These questions are of bilateral U.S.-Japan matters,” Morgulov said in Osaka, adding that the potential revision could in the end have some impact on the Russia-Japan peace treaty, which has been stalled for decades by territorial disputes. “Let’s wait for the possible U.S.-Japan military agreement revision and then give it assessments.”

(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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