Russia Suspends Peace-Treaty Talks with Japan over Ukraine Sanctions

The Foreign Ministry of Russia said Monday it is terminating peace treaty talks with Japan, “in the light of the outspokenly unfriendly nature of Japan’s unilateral restrictions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine.”

Japan earlier introduced several sanctions against Russia, including prohibiting 300 product titles from being exported to Russia, freezing assets of several banks, and imposing personal restrictions on Russian leadership, including President Vladimir Putin.

In response, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday that the action of Russia was, “absolutely unacceptable.”

“The current situation has been completely caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. For Russia to deal with this by redirecting its frustrations onto Japan-Russian relations is preposterous,” Kishida added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that Russia plans to withdraw from negotiations to start joint economic activities on the northern territories, agreed to in 2016 during a meeting between then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“All responsibility for harm to bilateral relations and to the interests of Japan itself rests upon Tokyo, which has consciously made its choice in favor of an anti-Russian policy,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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