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Russia steps up pressure on Japan with halt to fisheries deal

Ukraine sanctions seen factoring into latest move in feud over northern islands

Fishing has been a key element in economic cooperation between Japan and Russia.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Russia's decision to suspend a fishing agreement with Japan has added to the strain on bilateral ties, with Tokyo seeing the move as retaliation for sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine.

Japan's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called the move "unacceptable" and urged Moscow to abide by the agreement.

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