Russia expels eight Japanese diplomats in tit-for-tat move

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it was expelling eight Japanese diplomats in a retaliatory move as it criticized Japan for taking an “openly hostile anti-Russian course”.

The ministry said it had summoned a representative of the Japanese embassy in Moscow and told him the eight diplomats must leave Russia by May 10.

Tokyo expelled eight Russian diplomats earlier this month in a rare move it said was in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

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