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Masahiko Komura, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has held talks with Sergey Naryshkin, a close aide to President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow to pave the way for the Russian leader’s Japan visit, which was planned for this fall but has been postponed.

In his meeting Friday with the lower house speaker of the Russian parliament, Komura explained Japan’s stance over the Ukraine crisis and said it regards Russia as “a friend,” although it has imposed sanctions on the country following its annexation of Crimea in March. The opening of the talks was open to the media.

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