Russia has warned against Japan’s security alliance with the United States, denouncing the move as a threat and an impediment to improving bilateral ties between Tokyo and Moscow.
Russia’s diplomatic sources said on Saturday that Moscow had expressed concern about the fate of talks with Tokyo on a peace treaty that would resolve a decades-old territorial dispute.
The talks concern four Pacific islands close to Japan’s northern coast, known as the Southern Kurils in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan.
The disputed islands, which were inhabited by the Japanese, were captured by the Soviet Union in 1945. Japan continues to lay claims to the islands.
The sources said Russia had been increasingly looking at the US-Japan alliance as a major negative factor for Japan-Russia ties, calling on Tokyo not to side with the United States in imposing economic sanctions on Russian companies and officials.