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Russia Ends Japan Peace Talks ‘Ritual’ After Ukraine Sanctions

  • Negotiations on islands dispute going nowhere, Medvedev says
  • Tokyo has imposed unprecedented sanctions over Ukraine war
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Japan Denounces Russia's Cancelation of Peace Talks
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Russia’s cancellation of talks to resolve a decades-old territorial dispute with Japan, which the Kremlin dismissed as a “ritual,” exposed a deepening rift between the two neighbors over Ukraine. 

Dmitry Medvedev, a former Russian president who’s now deputy head of the country’s Security Council, delivered his terse assessment of the talks on his Telegram channel Tuesday. Medvedev said both sides were aware that talks over four islands -- known as the Southern Kurils in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan -- were going nowhere.