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Top Russian diplomat says Japan “not a partner”

  • January 17, 2019
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All papers reported from Moscow on press remarks made yesterday by Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, who commented on relations with Japan by saying: “Japan falls far short of being a partner in international relations.” Mentioning Tokyo’s imposition of economic sanctions over Ukraine and its support for UN resolutions hostile to Moscow, the Russian official voiced doubts about bringing Russia’s relationship with Japan into a new phase. He claimed that Japan is the only country that has refused to accept the outcomes of WWII and that its demand for the return of the Northern Territories constitutes a violation of the UN Charter. Lavrov reportedly made these remarks in relation to his recent meeting in Moscow with Foreign Minister Kono on a bilateral peace treaty.   

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