Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attend a ceremony in Moscow next May 9, marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany at the end of World War II.
Putin has also invited U.S. President Barack Obama, European leaders as well as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean President Park Geun Hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
However, Japanese media reported Tuesday that Abe is unlikely to attend, since Japan has backed the U.S. and Europe in imposing sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict.
But Abe, who has good relations with Putin, having met him five times in the past 18 months, is anxious not to do anything that would jeopardize the Russian president's expected visit to Japan later in 2015, NTV reported.
The 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany was attended by U.S. President George W Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and several European leaders.© Japan Today