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Japan's new sanctions on Russia hamper bilateral relations -- Foreign Ministry

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a comment published on Tuesday that Japan should realize additional sanctions on Russia hamper the full range of bilateral relations and throws them back.

"We regard Japan's declaration on July 28 of the so-called additional sanction measures against Russia as an unfriendly and short-sighted move, based on deep misinterpretation of the real causes of the developments in Ukraine," the document says.

"The attempt to link the above measures with the Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine, with Tokyo's stated intention to "make Russia act," looks particularly inappropriate," the ministry said. "We would like to remind [Tokyo] in this connection that it was the Russian side that had urged an open and unbiased international investigation under the ICAO aegis of the tragedy circumstances and is doing all that depends on it to this end."

Japan's demarche testifies to the fact that "Tokyo's repeated promises to continue efforts for the development of relations with Russia are only a screen, covering Japanese politicians' inability to go beyond the habitual following in the wake of Washington, pursue an independent policy that would meet the vital national interests of their country."

The introduction of new sanctions against Russia by Tokyo "no matter under which pretexts, inevitably damages the full range of bilateral relations and throws them back."

"The Japanese side should realize this," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida discussed new anti-Russian sanctions in telephone talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Kyodo news agency reported. Tokyo announced its intention to impose the sanctions on Russia on Monday.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 29Jul14]

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