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    Russian Officials Favor Faster Development of Relations With Japan

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    Russian authorities are deeply dissatisfied with slow and complex development of Russian-Japanese bilatreal relations mostly due to imposition of anti-Russian sanctions by Tokyo, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) – Relations between Russia and Japan are not developing as perfect as Moscow would like, mostly due to imposition of anti-Russian sanctions by Tokyo, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

    "Unfortunately, they [the relations of Russia and Japan] are not developing as we would like. Once again, the position of Japan, which joined the sanctions over Ukraine, it is not clear why it did so, but it did it out of solidarity. In fact, we understand — under pressure, including from the United States," Zakharova told RT broadcaster.

    There is hope, nevertheless, that common sense, pragmatism, understanding necessary to develop good neighborly relations between the two countries will prevail, she added.

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