July 26, 2022 at 07:25 JST
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the state funeral of former Japanese 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 Abe's state funeral, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki said on Monday. Abe was gunned down at a campaign rally this month.
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