Russia has withdrawn from peace talks with Japan and has frozen joint economic projects related to the disputed Kuril Islands as a result of sanctions Tokyo imposed on Ukraine, the foreign ministry said Monday.

Russia and Japan have still not formally ended World War II hostilities because of the stalemate over the islands known in Russia as the Kuril Islands and in Japan as the Northern Territories.

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

Japan last week announced plans to revoke the trade status of Russia’s most favored nation, extend the scope of asset freezes against Russian elites and ban imports of certain products.

Last year, President Vladimir Putin said that both Tokyo and Moscow wanted good relations and said it was absurd that they had not reached a peace agreement.

Russia has also withdrawn from talks with Japan on joint business projects in the Kuril Islands and has ended visa-free travel by Japanese citizens, the statement said.

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