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Putin will visit Japan early September as planned.

MOSCOW, Aug. 23 Kyodo

Russian President Vladimir Putin will make an official visit to Japan on Sept. 3-5 as planned, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Wednesday.

Ivanov the announcement following talks with Putin at the Kremlin, according to Interfax news agency.

Putin has been subject to harsh attack in Russia following the sinking of the Russian nuclear-powered submarine Kursk, prompting speculation that he may remain in Russia to address the issue instead of traveling to Japan.

Putin's trip to Japan ''is an important step for building better relations between the two countries,'' Ivanov said after emerging from the Kremlin.

After his trip to Japan, Putin will head straight to New York and deliver an address at the United Nations on Sept. 6 in connection with the U.N. Millennium Summit, Ivanov said.
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