Russia says islands talks pointless if Japan radical

11th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Talks on resolving Russia's territorial dispute with Japan over the Kuril islands have no chance of success if Tokyo adopts a radical position, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

"When radical positions are adopted in Japan..., and this happens sometimes, and they are shared by the leaders of the country, then of course any kind of dialogue has no chance," Lavrov said after talks with his counterpart Seiji Maehara.

In recent days, Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan had called President Dmitry Medvedev's unprecedented visit to the Kuril islands an "unforgivable outrage" while a rifle bullet was mailed to the Russian embassy in Japan.

© 2011 AFP

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