Russia calls on Japan to recognize outcome of World War Two

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 - 09:26 GMT

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala in Moscow, Russia December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala in Moscow, Russia December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday denied Moscow was imposing an ultimatum on Japan in talks to end a decades-long territorial dispute, but called on Tokyo to recognize the results of World War Two.

Japan is currently mounting a push to reach a peace deal with Russia that would end a dispute over islands captured by Soviet troops in the last days of World War Two.

The islands are known as the Southern Kuriles to Russia and the Northern Territories to Japan. Russia has said Tokyo must first recognize Russian sovereignty over the islands in order for any progress to be made in peace talks.

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