Japan lodges protest after Russia detains diplomat in Vladivostok


Tatsunori Motoki, accused of spying by Russia’s FSB, was held for a number of hours earlier than being launched and ordered to depart the nation.

Japan has accused Russia of “unreasonable” behaviour and threatened “equivalent steps” after the FSB, the Russian federal safety company, detained a diplomat within the japanese port metropolis of Vladivostok and accused him of being a spy.

Tatsunori Motoki, who labored on the Japanese Consulate General within the metropolis, was launched after a number of hours and declared ‘persona non grata’, Japan’s Kyodo information company stated, citing an unnamed authorities supply. It stated Motoki had been ordered to depart Russia inside 48 hours.

In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno described Motoki’s detention as “regrettable, unacceptable and unbelievable” and accused the FSB of taking the diplomat into custody in an “intimidating manner”.

Russia’s safety company introduced it had detained a Japanese consul in Vladivostok on Monday for alleged espionage and ordered him to depart the nation.

“A Japanese diplomat was detained red-handed while receiving classified information, in exchange for money, about Russia’s cooperation with another country in the Asia-Pacific region,” the FSB safety service stated in an announcement, carried by Russian information companies on Monday.

The diplomat had additionally been soliciting details about “the impact of Western sanctions” on the japanese Primorsky area, the FSB added, based on the companies.

Russia’s international ministry stated in an announcement the diplomat had been ordered to depart the nation inside 48 hours, and the FSB had lodged a grievance with Japan.

Local media launched footage allegedly displaying Motoki receiving paperwork at what seems to be a restaurant, and him admitting to the accusations throughout FSB questioning.

Japan’s embassy in Russia earlier lodged a protest concerning the detention to Moscow’s international ministry, saying “it was a clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations” and the order to depart the nation was “unreasonable”, based on Kyodo.

Russia considers Japan to be a “hostile” nation, a designation it shares with all European Union international locations, the United States and allies, together with the United Kingdom and Australia.

Moscow and Tokyo have traded tit-for-tat sanctions since February 24 when Russia invaded Ukraine.

Even earlier than the conflict, Tokyo’s relations with Moscow had been complicated. The two sides are concerned in a dispute over islands Russia calls the Kurils and Japan the Northern Territories, which has prevented them from signing a post-war peace treaty.