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Putin mulls visiting Japan next June: report

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP)

MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Japan next June on the occasion of a Group of 20 summit hosted by Tokyo, Tass news agency reported Wednesday quoting a presidential aide.

Russian presidential adviser Yuri Ushakov said the Japanese side has been calling for Putin's visit when the G-20 summit will be held in Osaka, western Japan, next June and Moscow is examining the possibility, according to the report.

Regarding Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's upcoming visit to the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok next week to attend an economic forum, Ushakov was quoted as saying Abe will hold a meeting with Putin there on Monday.

Abe has been trying to resolve Tokyo's long-standing territorial dispute with Moscow.

The territorial row involves islands off Hokkaido collectively called the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia.

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