The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that it is withdrawing from the negotiations to reach a peace agreement with japanpending since World War II, following the sanctions imposed by Tokyo in response to the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory.
The Russian portfolio has branded the “unilateral restrictions” from Japan What measures of a “hostile nature”, for which it has also reported that the Government “does not intend to continue with the negotiations” to achieve a peace treaty given the “impossibility” of reaching agreements with a nation “that openly maintains hostile positions” against Russia.
Similarly, the Foreign Ministry has issued a statement explaining that Russia is also withdrawing from dialogue with Japan for the establishment of joint economic activities in the Curilesan archipelago of Russian islands claimed by Tokyo.
As part of Moscow’s response to Japanese sanctions, Russia will also block Japan’s designation as a partner in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization, a structure created in the early 1990s to boost economic cooperation between the countries in that area.
It should be remembered that Japan and Russia have had complex relations for decades. After World War II, they did not sign a peace treaty due to a dispute over four small islands in the Curiles archipelago.
These islands were occupied by the Soviet army in the last days of the conflict and, since then, have not been returned to Japan, which calls them the “Northern Territories”. Although there have been attempts at negotiation since the fall of the USSR, they have never been successful.
From the Russian Government they have lamented the “anti-Russian course” that they say Japan has taken in recent days and have shown their disappointment at the fact that the archipelago has abandoned the development of “mutually beneficial cooperation and good neighborliness”, according to the Russian agency Interfax.
This statement comes as Moscow’s response to the sanctions imposed by Japan against high-ranking Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, several Russian businessmen and legal entities in response to Russian aggression against the territory of Ukraine, which began almost a year ago. month.
Russia blocks Instagram and Facebook for ‘extremist’ activities
Another decision made by Russia this Monday it was given by a Russian court that banned social networks Facebook and Instagram for considering that they carry out “extremist” activities, a measure that is part of Moscow’s attempt to control online information about the offensive in Ukraine.
“We accede to the prosecutor’s request to ban the activities of the Meta company,” the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, the Moscow court judge said, according to Russian news agencies.
The social networks managed by Meta are “prohibited for extremist activity,” the court added in a statement released by Telegram.
The messaging application WhatsApp, also owned by Meta, is not affected by this measure, since the court found that it is not used as a means of “public dissemination of information.”
After the start of the military operation in Ukraine on February 24, the Russian authorities tightened control of information. The ban on Facebook and Instagram is part of that line. These two social networks have already been banned for a few days, as well as Twitter and the websites of most independent Russian media. The only way to access them is through a virtual private network (VPN).
The March 11, the Russian authorities had asked to classify Meta as an “extremist” organization after accusing it of having relaxed its regulations to allow the publication of violent messages against the Russian military and leaders as a result of the military operation.
In court on Monday, the prosecution reiterated this request, considering that Goal justified “terrorist actions” and intends to incite “hatred and enmity” towards the Russians. The Russian security services (FSB) had also demanded the “immediate” banning of Facebook and Instagram.
“Meta’s activities are directed against Russia and its armed forces. We demand its prohibition and the obligation to apply this measure immediately, ”said an FSB spokesman, Igor Kovalevski, quoted by the Interfax news agency.