Japan calls Russia's decision on fishing deal regrettable

The Japanese Foreign Ministry has told NHK it is regrettable that Russia unilaterally announced the decision to suspend a bilateral 1998 fishing agreement.

The ministry criticized Moscow for speaking as if the pact was dependent on technical assistance to the Sakhalin region as a precondition for implementing the agreement.

The ministry said the government plans to continue consultations with Russia so that fishery workers can operate safely under the agreement.