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Russia to tighten grip on islands claimed by Japan with economic zone

Putin strikes a conciliatory with Tokyo, calling the lack of a peace treaty 'nonsense'

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Sept. 3.   © Reuters

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Russia will grant extensive tax breaks to a chain of Pacific islands to lure international investment, President Vladimir Putin said Friday, a move that would include the Northern Territories off Japan's Hokkaido which the Soviet Union invaded in the waning days of World War II.

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