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Russia halts peace treaty talks with Japan over sanctions

Kishida calls Moscow's action 'extremely unfair and absolutely unacceptable'

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in Moscow on March 21. (Sputnik, Kremlin pool photo via AP)

TOKYO -- The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday said it will withdraw from negotiations with Japan for a peace treaty to formally end World War II hostilities in response to sanctions over the war in Ukraine.

Japan, along with the U.S. and Europe, have imposed far-reaching economic penalties on Russia following the invasion. Japan is damaging Russian interests by taking an "obviously unfriendly" stance toward the country, the ministry said in its statement.

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