"Putin will receive Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who will be on a working visit in Russian Federation for talks with [Russian Foreign Minister Sergei] Lavrov", the press service said.
The challenge is to reach agreement on a post-World War II peace treaty with Japan, but reconciling the two countries' fundamental positions is hard for both sides, Lavrov said.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia on Friday and called for progress in talks on a decades-old territorial spat ahead of a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Russian leader later this month.
Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida that the settlement would require a painstaking work. "Russian Federation believes that regional security can not be provided by military blocs, but through equal and universal dialogue based on the principles of integrity and security", Lavrov said at a meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, as quoted by RIA Novosti news agency.
However, Russia and Japan do have some common positions on the issue, he added.
Abe hopes to make progress on the territorial dispute when he meets Putin on December 15 in Yamaguchi Prefecture in western Japan, his constituency.
Kishida said today the territorial dispute should be solved on a mutually agreeable basis.
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A disagreement over the southern Kuril islands - which Japan calls the Northern Territories - has kept the two countries from signing a peace treaty formally ending their World War II hostilities.
"On the question of the peace treaty, we would like to reach a result that would be welcomed by the people both of Japan and Russia", Kishida said in comments translated into Russian.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS earlier that the possibility of signing a peace treaty with Japan is now being discussed at the level of experts.
The Soviet Union occupied the 4 southernmost islands at the end of the Second World War.
Russian Federation has always insisted that any change in the islands' status is out of the question, as it would require reassessing the results of World War II, which is expressly banned by worldwide treaties.
He said they agreed "to continue the line that our leaders agreed on the utmost all-round development of our relations in all spheres without exception".