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Media: Abe will visit Moscow for the Victory Parade on June 24

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia on parade June 24, as the event is mostly aimed at countries of the former Soviet republics, told the newspaper "Asahi" on Friday.

According to the publication, citing a senior source in the foreign Ministry of Japan, the government said that Russia is conducting an event primarily for the countries of the former Soviet Union. Originally it was planned that Shinzo Abe will attend the celebration of may 9 Victory and in the course of this journey will hold a meeting with the Russian President, but then because of the spread of coronavirus these plans will not come true.

"The Prime Minister is unlikely to go to Russia (only) for the ceremony. Most likely, the conversations around this subside without attracting attention," the newspaper quoted a senior source in the government.

The publication cited the statement of press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov that the focus will be on the invitation of the CIS heads of state.

At the same time on Thursday for the first time in 7 months, a telephone conversation of Deputy foreign Ministers of Russia and Japan, Igor Morgulov and Takeo Mori. As reported, the Russian foreign Ministry, touched on the subject of multifaceted cooperation in various fields, promoting trade and economic cooperation, strengthening of legal base of relations and cooperation in the fight against the spread of novel coronavirus infection, as well as topical issues of Russian-Japanese relations. Was considered further schedule of bilateral contacts, the implementation of which will be possible as overcome the pandemic COVID-19.