The diplomat was caught by Russian counterintelligence whereas making an attempt to obtain restricted data

The Russian Federal Safety Service (FSB) detained the Japanese consul in Vladivostok on Monday. Motoki Tatsunori confessed to making an attempt to buy restricted data from his contact, and has been ordered to depart the nation.

“The Japanese diplomat was detained on suspicion of receiving, for a financial reward, restricted data on Russia’s cooperation with one other nation within the Asia-Pacific area, and the affect of Western sanctions on the financial state of affairs within the Primorye area,” the FSB stated in a press release. It added that the diplomat has been declared “persona non grata” for actions which can be “incompatible with the standing of a consular official and detrimental to Russia’s safety pursuits.”

The service has launched footage of Tatsunori assembly his contact at a restaurant, in addition to the diplomat’s interrogation after he was detained. The consul acknowledged he had breached Russian legislation together with his actions.

Russia’s Overseas Ministry has additionally summoned Japan’s minister-counsellor over the incident, notifying the mission that Tatsunori has been declared persona non grata and should go away the nation inside 48 hours.

“A decisive protest has been expressed to the Japanese facet over the actions of the Basic Consulate official and an acceptable notice has been delivered,” the ministry stated in a short assertion.

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