May 8, 2019 / 1:09 PM / 14 days ago

Japan, Russia to hold talks on territorial dispute on May 10

FILE PHOTO: Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova listens during the annual news conference of the Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Japan and Russia’s foreign ministers will hold a new round of talks in Moscow on May 10 aiming to resolve a territorial dispute between the two countries, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

Japan has been mounting a push to resolve a dispute over four islands - known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kuriles in Russia - which has prevented Moscow and Tokyo from formally ending their World War Two hostilities.

Reporting by Christian Lowe; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams

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