Tokyo, Moscow discussing organization of Japanese PM's unofficial visit to Russia

Tokyo and Moscow will continue working on the organization of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's unofficial visit to Russia; no particular dates have yet been set.

Kotaro Otsuki, the press secretary of the Japanese embassy to Russia, told Interfax in commenting on an ongoing political dialogue between Japan and Russia that, taking into consideration an agreement the leaders of the two countries reached in a telephone conversation on January 22, the parties will coordinate the organization of Prime Minister Abe's unofficial visit to Russia before President Vladimir Putin's visit to Japan.

No other concrete decisions have yet been made, Otsuki said.

Russian State Duma international affairs committee head Alexei Pushkov had earlier confirmed Japanese media reports that the Japanese prime minister might visit Russia in the second half of April or in early May.


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