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

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By Reuters

(Corrects second paragraph to show the ministry summoned a Japanese embassy representative without specifying title, not the ambassador)

– 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.

(This story corrects second paragraph to show the ministry summoned a Japanese embassy representative without specifying title, not the ambassador)