Russian president visits disputed Kuril Islands: AFP

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in the Kuril Islands Monday, an AFP correspondent said, defying repeated calls from Japan not to visit the archipelago amid a decades-long territorial disputes.

Medvedev arrived on Kunashir island, one of the four islands known in Russia as the Southern Kurils and in Japan as the Northern Territories.

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