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Japanese PM May not Attend Moscow for Victory Day

30.03.2015 11:51

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may not visit Moscow for its May 9 Victory Day celebrations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII due to the lack of progress in the so-called South Kuril Islands issue, according to the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun.

The newspaper reported that Abe will officially announce his decision on the matter in mid-April.

The Sankei Shimbun attributed Abe's stance to the longstanding dispute over the Kuril Islands. The four southernmost islands in the Kurile archipelago were taken by the Soviet Union around the time of Japan's surrender in WWII, although the countries had contested control of the area since the 19th century.