Russia expresses regret over Abe's Yasukuni shrine visit

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on Thursday expressed regret over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine.

Lukashevich, director of the ministry's Information and Press Department, said in a statement that some forces in Japan have a different evaluation on the outcome of World War II from the understanding shared by the world.

While Lukashevich's remark was addressing the Yasukuni issue, it may have also been veiled criticism against Japan about Tokyo's territorial claim on a group of islands held by Russia. Moscow maintains its control over the islands is a result of the war.