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International relations

Japan and Russia to push peace talks with island return in sight

Handing over two of four northern islands to be starting point of negotiations

Under the Japanese-Soviet Joint Declaration of 1956, the USSR agreed to hand over Shikotan Island and the Habomai group of islets. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)   © Habomai islet group (bottom)

SINGAPORE -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Wednesday to accelerate talks toward concluding a peace treaty based on a 1956 declaration, which stipulates the return of two of four northern islands to Japan.

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