TOKYO/MOSCOW (REUTERS) – Japan reacted angrily on Tuesday (March 22) after Russia withdrew from peace treaty talks with Japan and froze joint financial tasks associated to the disputed Kuril islands due to sanctions imposed by Tokyo over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russia and Japan have nonetheless not formally ended World War II hostilities due to the standoff over islands simply off Japan’s northern-most island of Hokkaido, identified in Russia because the Kurils and in Japan because the Northern Territories.
The islands have been seized by the Soviet Union on the finish of World War II.
Japan has imposed sanctions on 76 people, seven banks and 12 different our bodies in Russia, most just lately on Friday, and included defence officers and the state-owned arms exporter, Rosoboronexport.
“Under the current conditions Russia does not intend to continue negotiations with Japan on a peace treaty,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stated in an announcement on Monday, citing Japan’s “openly unfriendly positions and attempts to damage the interests of our country”.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated he strongly opposed Russia’s determination, terming it “unfair” and “completely unacceptable”.
“This entire situation has been created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Russia’s response to push this onto Japan-Russia relations is extremely unfair and completely unacceptable,” he stated, including that Japan’s attitudes in the direction of looking for a peace treaty have been unchanged and it had protested the Russian transfer.
“Japan must resolutely continue to sanction Russia in cooperation with the rest of the world,” he added.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno stated Japan had lodged a protest with Russia’s ambassador in Tokyo.
Japan final week additionally introduced plans to revoke Russia’s most-favoured nation commerce standing and ban imports of sure merchandise.
Last 12 months, President Vladimir Putin stated that each Tokyo and Moscow needed good relations and stated it was absurd they’d not reached a peace settlement.
Russia has additionally withdrawn from talks with Japan about joint enterprise tasks on the Kuril islands and ended visa-free journey by Japanese residents, its international ministry stated.