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Russian parliament leader calls on Japan to give up Sakhalin-2 stake

Lawmaker says interests should be sold to Gazprom or 'friendly nation'

An tanker loaded with liquefied natural gas from Russia's Sakhalin-2 project arrives at a Japanese terminal.   © Kyodo

ISTANBUL -- The head of Russia's lower parliamentary house on Wednesday slammed Japan as an "unfriendly nation" that is benefiting from its interests in the Sakhalin-2 energy project.

Vyacheslav Volodin, the chairman of the State Duma, singled out Japan, the U.K. and the Netherlands for receiving "huge profits" from the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project in Russia's Far East, according to the Duma's website.

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