Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refused the invitation from the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to come to the Moscow parade (Russia) dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the WWII Victory Day to held on May 9, 2015.
As it is well known the peace treaty between Japan and Russia regarding the end of the World War II is still lacking and legally these two countries are still in a state of war. Actually there is also the territorial dispute between Tokyo and Moscow over the Northern Islands Territories – Kuril Islands that were occupied by Russia after the World War II.
Besides, the US and leaders from France, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Georgia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Slovakia have already refused such invitation to this ceremony in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the WWII Victory Day from the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. That happened because of the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula.