Russia halts peace treaty talks with Japan
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday that it will no longer continue peace treaty negotiations with Japan in response to Tokyo's sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine, reported Xinhua.
Moscow will also cancel visa-free travel for Japanese citizens to the four disputed Pacific islands, which are known as the Southern Kurils in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan.
The Russian side is withdrawing from the dialogue with Japan on establishing joint economic activities in these islands, the ministry said in a statement.
Russia will block the extension of Japan's status as a sectoral dialogue partner of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, it added.
Along with Western countries, Japan has imposed economic sanctions on Russia for its special military operation in Ukraine.
Russia and Japan have not signed a post-World War II peace treaty due to their rival claims over the four islands.