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Putin not to attend Abe’s funeral — Kremlin

Russian officials’ participation depends on protocol

MOSCOW, July 9. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the funeral of Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS.

"Putin - no. The rest depends on protocol rules," he said when asked about the participation of Russia’s representatives.

Kyodo news agency reported earlier the funeral of Shinzo Abe would take place on July 12 in his hometown of Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi Prefecture).

The 67-year-old politician was assassinated in the city of Nara on July 8 as he was delivering a political campaign speech ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections scheduled for July 10.

Earlier, Peskov told reporters the Kremlin deeply regretted the death of former Japanese prime minister and expressed its condolences to the people of Japan.