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The Russian ambassador to Japan indicated Thursday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s absence from a World War II-related event in Moscow later this week will not affect the schedule for bilateral dialogue, including President Vladimir Putin’s possible visit to Japan.

During a news conference in Tokyo, Evgeny Afanasiev also said he respects the decisions by leaders of other countries regarding whether to attend the Saturday ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe.

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