Russian PM's visit to disputed island regrettable, Japan says

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Russian PM's visit to disputed island regrettable, Japan saysA visit on Friday by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to an island claimed by both Japan and Russia was extremely regrettable, Japan's foreign ministry said, urging Moscow to take constructive steps to advance ties. Medvedev traveled to one of the four Russian-held islands off Japan's northern region of Hokkaido. Such visits are incompatible with Japan's position on the Northern Territories and hurt the feelings of its people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.


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