Defense Ministry to form four divisions in 2017, including one to protect KurilsMilitary & Defense February 22, 13:42
SpaceX waves off space station cargo deliveryScience & Space February 22, 13:37
Over 80% of Russia’s missile units rearmed with Iskander tactical systemsMilitary & Defense February 22, 13:35
Kremlin disagrees with latest Amnesty International reportRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 22, 13:21
Funeral ceremony for Vitaly Churkin scheduled for February 24 in MoscowRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 22, 13:18
Kremlin denies commissioning dossier on Trump’s psychological makeupRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 22, 13:15
Amnesty International reports warring sides in eastern Ukraine ‘enjoying impunity’World February 22, 13:03
Press review: Jailed pilot mother's plea to Trump and Russia's plan for de-offshorizationPress Review February 22, 13:00
Kremlin respects Supreme Court’s ruling on opposition activist DadinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 22, 12:57
MOSCOW, August 22. /TASS/. It is impossible to postpone something, if it has not been announced, a source at the Russian foreign ministry told TASS commenting on statements from representatives of the Japanese foreign ministry about the postponed visit of Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Russia.
"A visit of Japan's foreign minister has not been announced; it is impossible to postpone something, which has not been announced," the source said.
Earlier on Saturday, Japan’s Kyodo published information the country’s government decided to postpone the visit of Foreign Minister Kishida to Russia as Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made a trip to the Iturup Island (the Kuril Islands).
Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida handed in a protest note to Russia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Evgeny Afanasyev, over the visit of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the Kuril Islands, the Kyodo agency said.
"It [Medvedev’s trip to the Kuril Islands] has hurt feelings of our people and causes big regret," the agency quoted Kishida. "I am lodging a strong protest."
On August 18, shortly before Medvedev’s trip, the Russian foreign ministry said visits of the kind would continue and in that Moscow would not mind Tokyo’s position.