The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Russian side does not intend, in the current circumstances, to continue talks with Japan on the peace treaty.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday said it will withdraw from negotiations with Japan for a peace treaty to formally end World War II hostilities in response to sanctions over the war in Ukraine.

Relations between Japan and Russia have always been complex, and the two countries did not sign a peace treaty after World War II due to a dispute over four small islands that make up the Kuril Archipelago.

In addition to halting the peace talks, Russia will end visa-free travel to a chain of Russian-controlled islands called the Northern Territories by Tokyo and the Southern Kurils by Russia, according to the ministry.

Along with the U.S. and Europe, Japan has imposed heavy economic sanctions on Russia following its military operation in Ukraine. Japan is damaging Russian interests by taking an “openly unfriendly” stance toward the country, the ministry said in its statement.