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TOKYO, January 12, /ITAR-TASS/. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit a closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi on February 22, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported.
The Japanese prime minister also hopes to have talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a trip to Sochi, Kyodo reported.
It was reported earlier that Abe would not be able to attend an opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics on February 7, because he would participate in a session of the country’s parliament at the time.
During a parliamentary session the prime minister and other members of the government cannot make foreign visits without a permit of the parliament.
Japanese media reported that one more reason for the prime minister not to attend a Sochi Olympics opening ceremony was that on February 7 Japan marks the annual “day of northern territories”, as the Japanese call Southern Kuril Islands. The prime minister usually delivers a speech on this occasion in Tokyo with the participation of ministers of the Cabinet and lawmakers.
Meanwhile, Shinzo Abe has made it clear earlier that he would like to visit Sochi during the Winter Olympics and familiarise with Russian Olympic experience, because Tokyo would host Summer Olympic Games in 2020.