According to Japanese media agency Nikkei, Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be allowed to attend the funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe if he wishes to, as Japanese officials are expected to block him. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving PM, was assassinated earlier this month.
Sankei Shimbun published a report stating that an official from Japan’s Foreign Ministry stated that Tokyo would inform Russia of the funeral. “we do not expect them to come.”This ceremony will take places on September 27.
The Kremlin stated that Putin did not intend to attend the funeral. However, the presence of other officials would be an added bonus. “depend on the protocol.”
Japan blacklisted Putin and several other Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in early March in response to Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.
Russia responded by sanctioning several Japanese high-ranking officials including Fumio Kirishida, Prime Minister, and Yoshimasa Hayashi, Foreign Minister.
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After briefly serving as PM in the 2000s, Abe again held the office from 2012 to 2020, becoming the country’s longest-serving prime minister. His death occurred on July 8th, during an event for parliamentary elections in Nara.
In his 25-year tenure as PM, Abe was able to meet with Putin at least 25 times. The Russian president described Abe in his condolence letters as “a very special person”. “an outstanding”A leader “had done a lot for the fostering of good-neighborly relations between our countries.”
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