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Japan has lodged a protest against Russia for suspending a safe fishing agreement that prevented Japanese fishing vessels from being seized by Russian authorities in seas near the disputed islands off of Hokkaido, a government official said Wednesday.

Russia announced the suspension of the 1998 agreement on Tuesday, citing Japan's payment freeze for a development project in Sakhalin. The move comes amid frictions between the two countries after Japan joined U.S.-led sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

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