Japan-Russia ties at 'point of no return'; Tokyo considers impact on energy, security

People protesting against Russia's invasion of Ukraine in the Shibuya area of Tokyo on Feb 27, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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TOKYO - Japan's ties with Russia are at the point of no return, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said in what appeared to be an acknowledgement that pursuing a World War II peace treaty and resolving a territorial dispute with Moscow are now off the table.

"We can no longer keep our relationship with Russia as we did before," Mr Kishida said on Sunday (Feb 27) as he announced the first wave of sanctions against Russia, which has invaded its neighbour, Ukraine.

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