Russia demands Japan apology over island dispute

Russian Foreign Ministry has urged immediate criminal investigation into a group of Japanese who protested outside Russia’s Embassy last month and burned Russian national flags.

Russian foreign ministry has summoned Japan’s charge d’affairs to Russia, and reiterated the Japanese protesters should be investigated.

It also said Russia will reserved the rights of criminal charges on the protesters according to law. The foreign ministry also said the issue will impact its future ties with Japan if the Japanese side insisted reject to investigate.

The dispute over four islands known as the Northern Territories in Japan, and the Southern Kurils in Russia, have long been a sticking point in relations between the two nations.


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