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Japanese PM to visit Russia on May 24-27 — government

May 18, 2018, 11:11 UTC+3 TOKYO

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pay an official visit to Russia on May 24-27

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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TOKYO, May 18. /TASS/. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pay an official visit to Russia on May 24-27, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Friday.

"The prime minister’s visit to Russia will take place on May 24-27. The talks with President Putin are scheduled for May 26," Suga said.

On May 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and also Managing Director (MD) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde will take part in the plenary meeting of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

In late April, Russia’s Federation Council (upper house) Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said that Abe would take part in the opening ceremony of the Year of Japan in Russia and the Year of Russia in Japan, which will be held in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater on May 26.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will be held on May 24-26. SPIEF has been held since 1997, and since 2006, it has been held under the auspices of the Russian president, who has also attended each event. Over the past 20 years, the Forum has become a leading global platform for members of the business community to meet and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world as a whole.

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