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Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev will visit Japan in November to discuss Russo-Japanese defense exchanges and the security situation in Northeast Asia, Japanese Defense Agency chief Kazuo Torashima said Tuesday.

Torashima told a press conference that Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a reception Monday at the State Guesthouse in Tokyo, proposed sending Sergeyev to Japan in November.

Torashima responded that he would welcome Sergeyev’s visit.

Putin arrived in Japan on Sunday for a three-day visit.

In August last year, then Defense Agency chief Hosei Norota paid a visit to Russia and invited Sergeyev to visit Japan.

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