Russian foreign minister Yevgeny Primakov will follow up the November 1-2 meeting between President Boris Yeltsin and Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto with a visit to Japan on November 14. According to government sources in Tokyo, the Japanese government hopes to hold a "continuous political dialogue" with Russia following the November 1-2 meeting aimed at solving the Kuril Islands territorial dispute. Russian prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin is set to visit Japan early next year. (Kyodo, Itar-Tass, October 19)
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