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Japan-Russia summit to be postponed

The Saturday edition of Nikkei reported that the summit between Prime Minister Abe and Russian President Putin planned for May will be postponed. President Putin reportedly announced on Thursday that a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in WWII will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The paper wrote that Abe was considering attending the ceremony and holding a summit with Putin to discuss peace treaty negotiations, including the issue of the Northern Territories. The daily added that Abe and Putin have not met since September 2019. While Foreign Minister Motegi and Foreign Minister Lavrov agreed in February that Lavrov would visit Japan at an early date, neither the visit nor vice-ministerial level talks have been arranged.

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