Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has recalled the invitation for Russian President Vladimir Putin to make a state visit to Japan this autumn due to the conflict in Ukraine, Japan's Kyodo news agency has reported.
Washington asked Tokyo to postpone Putin's visit because of tensions between Moscow and the West amid the Ukrainian crisis, BBC Ukrainian reported.
According to the Japanese agency, the Russian president's state visit to Japan will be made and has been postponed until the spring of 2015 or even later. Abe and Putin, however, still hope to hold talks during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum's summit in Beijing in November.
As reported, last spring Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe invited the Russian president to visit Japan. In winter Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that Putin had accepted the invitation.