Tokyo, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)–The Russian government on Monday unilaterally canceled agreements with Japan on a program allowing mutual visa-free visits for Japanese citizens and residents of claimed Russian-held Pacific Northwest islands. by Japan and the Russian state. – the Tass news agency reported the same day.
The administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be trying to rattle Japan further as the country, in cooperation with the United States and European countries, has imposed sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Moscow has designated Japan as a hostile nation.
The islands, called the Northern Territories in Japan, were seized by the former Soviet Union from Japan at the end of World War II and were claimed by Japan. The dispute prevented Tokyo and Moscow from concluding a peace treaty to formally end their wartime hostilities.
The Russian government’s decision to scrap the accords was published on its official legal information portal, Tass said, noting that the government is ending the 1991 accord between then-foreign ministers. Soviet Union and Japan on mutual travel procedures and the 1999 agreement between the Russian and Japanese governments regarding simplified visits.
Moscow has made no reference to how the issue of visits to family graves on disputed islands by former Japanese residents will be handled.
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