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A new Russian law that designates Sept. 2 as the anniversary of the end of World War II will “not have a direct negative impact” on bilateral ties, as the day marks Japan’s formal surrender to the Allies, a high-ranking diplomat said Monday.

State secretary for foreign affairs Koichi Takemasa said Tokyo believes Moscow paid “certain consideration” to Japan by not designating Sept. 2 as a holiday and avoiding directly referring to the day as a commemoration of the Soviet Union’s victory over Japan.

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