Shinzo Abe to visit Russia, despite Obama’s appeal - report

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to their talks during the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to their talks during the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015.

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Barack Obama had asked the Japanese PM to not visit Russia, Kyodo reports.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has rejected an appeal by U.S. President Barack Obama to not visit Russia, Kyodo reported, citing sources close to Japan-Russia relations.

The appeal was made on a phone conversation on Feb. 9, the news agency cited the sources as saying.

Abe is due to visit Sochi in May for what has been termed as an “informal visit.”

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