Russia’s Putin will not attend Japanese ex-PM Abe’s funeral: Kremlin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the state funeral of Japanese former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Kremlin said on Monday.

“No, Putin has no plans to visit Japan and attend the funeral,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that Russia was yet to decide the country’s presence at the funeral.

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The Japanese government has notified all the countries it has diplomatic ties with, including Russia, of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state funeral, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki said on Monday.

Japan’s Sankei daily reported on Saturday that Tokyo was leaning toward not allowing Putin to attend the funeral, set for September 27. Abe was gunned down at a campaign rally this month.

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