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Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to delay his visit to Russia to September or later out of consideration for Japan’s alliance with the United States, a country that has taken a tough stance toward the Kremlin over the crisis in Ukraine, government sources said Wednesday.

Kishida’s trip had been expected to pave the way for Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Japan this fall. But if Kishida delays his visit further, it may affect Putin’s trip to Japan, an event it sees as important in promoting negotiations for territorial disputes involving four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido.

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