May 10, 2019 / 8:40 AM / in a year

Russia's Lavrov says 'extremely significant' differences with Japan on peace deal - RIA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov welcomes his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Moscow, Russia May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow and Tokyo still have “extremely significant” differences over a World War Two peace deal that Japan hopes will end a territorial row between them, RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Friday.

Japan is seeking a deal with Russia to put an end to a dispute over islands off its northeastern coast that were seized by Soviet troops in the last days of World War Two, a disagreement that has soured bilateral relations for decades.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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