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Russia halts Japan peace treaty talks over sanctions

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Russia halts Japan peace treaty talks over sanctions

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Russia and Japan have still not formally ended World War Two hostilities because of the standoff over the islands known in Russia as the Kurils and in Japan as the Northern Territories

Russia has withdrawn from peace treaty talks with Japan and frozen joint economic projects related to the disputed Kuril islands due to sanctions imposed by Tokyo over Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday, March 21.

Russia and Japan have still not formally ended World War Two hostilities because of the standoff over the islands known in Russia as the Kurils and in Japan as the Northern Territories.

“Under the current conditions Russia does not intend to continue negotiations with Japan on a peace treaty,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, citing Japan’s “openly unfriendly positions and attempts to damage the interests of our country.”

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Russia has also withdrawn from talks with Japan about joint business projects on the Kuril islands and ended visa-free travel by Japanese citizens, the statement said. – Rappler.com

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