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Japanese Prime Minister rejects Putin’s invitation to attend Victory Parade

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declined the invitation sent to him by President Putin regarding the Moscow parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory to held on May 9.

According to the local newspaper Sankei referring to its sources in the government of Japan, Shinzo Abe will refuse the invitation sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin and will not go to Moscow for the Victory Day Parade, Joinfo.ua reports.

According to the newspaper, Abe decided to follow his colleagues – the leaders of the U.S., France, and Germany and make such a decision. In addition, according to the publication, Prime Minister of Japan takes into account the territorial dispute with Russia over the South Kuril Islands, as well as the fact that the peace treaty between the two countries regarding the end of the World War II is still lacking and legally Japan and Russia are still in a state of war.

As it reported earlier, the world leaders ignore the current ceremony in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism on the background of sanctions against Russia because of the armed conflict in the east of Ukraine and annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Western countries and Japan have imposed restrictions on businesses with Russia and suspended the negotiation processes on many subjects.