January 22, 2019 / 10:07 AM / 7 months ago

Russia detains 11 protesters ahead of Putin talks with Japan's Abe: monitor

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police detained 11 protesters outside the Japanese embassy in Moscow as they rallied against the idea of ceding control over disputed islands to Japan, OVD-Info, a Russian organization that monitor protest, said on Tuesday.

The detentions took place ahead of talks in Moscow between President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss a World War Two peace deal that could resolve a decades-old territorial dispute.

The islands are known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan. Russia said last week its sovereignty over them was not up for discussion.

A duty police officer in Moscow was unable to confirm the report from OVD-Info and said no information had been received about detentions.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth, Katya Golubkova and Tatiana Ustinova; editing by John Stonestreet

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