TOKYO, June 22. /TASS/. The issue of preparations for the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan was discussed at a new round of consultations between Russia and Japan held on Wednesday in Tokyo, a Japanese government official said.
‘We briefly discussed the issue of President Putin’s visit to Japan, noting the need to continue preparations for it," said Chikahito Harada, the Japanese government’s special envoy for relations with Russia.
Harada made this statement after bilateral consultations with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Morgulov said on May 31 that the dates of President Putin’s visit to Japan had not been agreed yet. Putin received an invitation to visit Japan several years ago. However, after Crimea’s reintegration into Russia, Japan joined the Western anti-Russian sanctions. As a result, the visit by the Russian president had for long been delayed.
On May 17, shortly after Putin’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sochi, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told journalists that the head of the Russian state might visit Japan until the end of the year.