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The commemoration is likely to Canada Goose Jackets worsen already frayed relations with Tokyo which lays claim to the nearby Southern Kuriles, known in Japan as the canada goose uk outlet Northern Territories. That dispute is so buy canada goose jacket acrimonious that Moscow and Tokyo have still not signed a formal peace treaty after the war.
The parade took place as Putin prepared to visit Beijing to take part in events marking 70 years since the end of the conflict. Ahead of his trip, Putin said there had been attempts to distort history in both Asia and Europe, where Moscow is at odds with the West over its actions in Ukraine.
Russia has built up military facilities in the area of the disputed islands, laying claim to the seabed in the central part of the Okhotsk Sea which separates the Kuriles from the Russian mainland.
Putin has said he is ready to discuss the dispute with Japan, but has blamed Tokyo for a lack dialogue.
A visit by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the contested Iturup island in August prompted Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio cheap canada goose uk Kishida to canada goose uk black friday delay a planned trip to Russia.