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Russian deputy prime minister talks of disputed islets

MOSCOW -- Yury Trutnev, Russia's deputy prime minister, on Tuesday detailed the country's plan -- expected to be finalized by the end of the year -- to create a special economic zone on the Kuril Islands, some of which are subject to a territorial dispute with Japan.

Yury Trutnev

     During an Interview with The Nikkei, Trutnev also indicated that he is open to President Vladimir Putin visiting Japan, which bureaucrats from the two countries are discussing. Japan would like the visit to take place by the end of the year.

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