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The Russian ambassador to Japan said Thursday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s absence from a commemorative World War II event in Moscow later this week won’t affect the schedule for bilateral dialogue, including a potential visit by President Vladimir Putin.

At a news conference in Tokyo, Evgeny Afanasiev also said he respects the decisions of other leaders on whether to attend Saturday’s ceremony in Russia marking the 70th anniversary of the war’s end in Europe.

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