On the May 9 Victory Parade in Moscow, the Government of Japan will be presented at the ambassadorial level. At the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe Japan will be represented by the Ambassador to Russia, said Japan's government spokesman Yoshihide Suga, Joinfo.ua reports.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refused to visit Moscow because of his busy schedule, Suga said.
Previously, Japan invited Russian President Vladimir Putin for a visit, but last year it was postponed due to the Russian aggression in the Donbas. Shinzo Abe described the improvement of relations with Russia as one of the priority areas of work, taking into account the energy needs of the country.
But such statements have not prevented Japan to introduce sanctions against Russia for the annexation of Crimea and Moscow's role in the events of the Donbas.
It should be noted that the list of world leaders, who refused to participate in the May 9 parade Russia is increasing. It includes Prime Minister of Japan, U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the presidents of Poland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Georgia, Moldova, Finland, Montenegro and others.
At the same time, the president of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman officially confirmed that he accepted Putin's invitation to come to the capital of the former Soviet empire for the parade. Later, however, he informed that he would not attend the parade.