The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “Russia does not want to negotiate a peace agreement with Japan under the current circumstances.”
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has strongly opposed Russia’s decision, saying it was “unreasonable” and “completely unacceptable.”
“This whole situation was created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Russia’s response to pushing this into Japan-Russia relations is very unreasonable and completely unacceptable,” he said, adding that Japan’s approach to seeking a peace deal had not changed. Russian action.
“Japan must resolve that Russia will cooperate with the rest of the world,” he added.
Cabinet Secretary Hirokasu Matsuno has said Japan has opposed the Russian ambassador to Tokyo.
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Japan last week announced plans to regain Russia’s preferred national trade status, freeze property against the Russian elite and ban imports of certain products.
Announcing the measures last week, Kishida said Japan would also cooperate with international aid agencies to provide food and medicine to the Ukrainians. He said Japan was beginning to accept those expelled from Ukraine and was seeking public support.
Last year, President Vladimir Putin said that Tokyo and Moscow wanted good relations and that it was absurd that they did not reach a peace agreement.
Russia has pulled out of talks with Japan on joint venture plans in the Kuril Islands and ended visa-free travel for Japanese citizens.
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