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Speaker of the State Duma urged the leadership of Japan not to succumb to the pressure of American politicians

State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin stressed that Russian-Japanese relations have a great background and during the years of cooperation between the two countries a great potential has been created.

State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin called on the Japanese leadership not to succumb to blackmail from the US administration in connection with the situation in Ukraine - RIA Novosti reports today.

"I would strongly advise the entire Japanese leadership not to succumb to blackmail from the American administration," Naryshkin said at a meeting in the State Duma with a member of the House of Representatives of the Japanese parliament, chairman of the Japan-Russia society Kunio Hatoyama.

In doing so, he thanked Hatoyama for his "constant and friendly position" towards Russia. "I highly appreciate the fact that your position is not influenced by the pressure of American politicians," Naryshkin noted, adding that this is not the first time that Hatoyama has come to Moscow.

He emphasized that Russian-Japanese relations have a long history and a great potential has been created over the years of cooperation between the two countries. “We should not sacrifice this potential and values ​​that have been developed over the years of our cooperation for the sake of the political ambitions of the United States,” said the State Duma speaker.

In turn, Hatoyama stressed that he would like to build strong ties with Russia, and therefore came to Moscow. Hatoyama also invited Naryshkin to the opening of the festival of Russian culture in Japan on June 2. Naryshkin replied that he accepted this invitation with pleasure. "I plan to visit Japan, meet with the Japanese leadership, with politicians and take part in the opening of the festival of Russian culture in Japan," said the State Duma speaker.

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