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Shinzo Abe

Putin will not attend Japanese ex-PM Abe's funeral, Kremlin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a judo tournament on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia September 5, 2019.    © Reuters

(Reuters) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the state funeral of Japanese former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Kremlin said on Monday.

"No, Putin has no plans to visit Japan and attend the funeral," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that Russia was yet to decide the country's presence at the funeral.

The Japanese government has notified all the countries it has diplomatic ties with, including Russia, of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's state funeral, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki said on Monday.

Japan's Sankei daily reported on Saturday that Tokyo was leaning toward not allowing Putin to attend the funeral, set for Sept. 27. Abe was gunned down at a campaign rally this month.

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