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Japan to impose sanctions against Russia over Crimea

Published on Mar 18, 2014 11:09 AM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan on Tuesday said it would slap sanctions on Russia over its "deplorable" move recognising a Crimean vote to break away from Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree recognising Crimea as an independent state following a weekend referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in a move that has fanned the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

"It's deplorable that Russia recognised the independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, a move that violates Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Japan will suspend negotiations on easing visa requirements, and will not begin talks on a new investment accord, an outer space accord and an accord aimed at preventing risky military activities," it added, without elaborating.

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