Russia’s detention of a Japanese consular officer on Monday is “extraordinarily regrettable and unacceptable,” Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi mentioned.
“The consular officer was taken away in a state of immobility, blindfolded from begin to end, along with his arms and head held down, and was subjected to intimidating interrogation,” Hayashi advised reporters on Tuesday, including that “there’s completely no proof of unlawful actions as claimed by the Russian aspect.”
Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Mori summoned Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin on Tuesday morning, Hayashi mentioned. Mori lodged a proper protest, demanding a proper apology and the prevention of recurrence.
The Japanese authorities will take “applicable measures,” Hayashi mentioned.
Some context: The Russian Federal Security Service mentioned that the Japanese consul Motoki Tatsunori was detained in Vladivostok on Monday for receiving confidential info.
According to state information company RISA Novosti, the FSB mentioned the diplomat “was detained crimson-handed whereas receiving, for a financial reward info of restricted distribution [ie confidential] about present features of Russia’s cooperation with one of the international locations of the Asia-Pacific area, the impression of the Western sanctions coverage on the financial state of affairs in Primorsky Krai.”
The consul was additionally declared persona non grata by the Russia Foreign Ministry “for actions which can be incompatible with the standing of a consular officer and detrimental to Russia’s safety pursuits,” they mentioned in a press release.