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Russia proposes inviting Abe to 75th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany

Asahi wrote that it has learned from a GOJ source that Russian President Putin sounded out National Security Secretariat Secretary General Kitamura at a meeting in Moscow on Jan. 16 on the possibility of Prime Minister Abe attending the 75th anniversary of Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany that will be held in Moscow in May. According to the source, Putin expressed eagerness to hold talks with Abe to propose that he visit Russia around the anniversary. The paper wrote that according to a senior GOJ official, Moscow extended an unofficial invitation to Abe last year to attend the ceremony, but the premier has not yet decided whether to accept it.

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