Source: Moscow won't negotiate Medvedev's trip to Kurils with Tokyo

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Oct. 29, 2010, 9:31 a.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine
Russia is not obliged to negotiate President Dmitry Medvedev's trips to Russian regions with anyone ahead of his visits to foreign countries, a Kremlin source told Interfax. This comment was made in the wake of claims that Medvedev's trip to the Kuril Islands ahead of his upcoming visit to Japan will arouse a robust reaction in Japan.

"Do we have to ask Poland for permission to visit the Kaliningrad region? This is ludicrous, and also humiliating for residents of Russia," the source said.

"Does this mean we must fly to Saratov region after a visit to Kazakhstan? What's the link?" he said.
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