Japanese, Russian foreign ministers to meet on U.N. assembly fringes

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov are arranging to hold talks later this month on the Syrian crisis on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, a government source said Tuesday.

The ministers are also expected to decide on the subject of a planned meeting between the Japanese and Russian foreign and defense ministers under a so-called two-plus-two framework, to be held in November in Tokyo for the first time between the two countries.

The territorial dispute over Russian-held islands off the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido, called the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia, may also be discussed, the source said.