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ASTANA, October 14 /TASS/. The Japanese side has not set any concrete dates of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Japan so far, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Wednesday.
"Our Japanese partners have not announced any concrete dates so far," Peskov said when asked to comment whether Putin’s visit could take place before the end of 2015.
Yoshihide Suga, the secretary general of the Japanese Cabinet of Ministers, said earlier on Wednesday that the Japanese side was preparing the Russian president’s visit that would take place at appropriate time before the end of 2015. Suga also added the selection of the date for the trip would depend on various factors.
Japan’s leading business newspaper Nikkei reported on Wednesday referring to a diplomatic source that the sides were arriving at a conclusion that the Russian leader was unlikely to pay a visit to Japan before the end of 2015. The article said that the trip could still take place in the spring of 2016.
Putin met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 28. He said the two countries had potential to improve reciprocal trade, which had recently dwindled. Putin also noted that the two countries were trying to step up contacts in various fields.
The Japanese media reported back in September that the Russian and Japanese leaders agreed to continue contacts in November first on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Ankara (Turkey) and later at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Manila (the Philippines).
Peskov said in September that the sides would use diplomatic channels to organize Putin’s possible visit to Japan.