MOSCOW, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Tuesday criticized the additional sanctions imposed by Tokyo on Moscow, and warned that the move could adversely affect relations between the two countries.
"We regard Japan's announcement ... as an unfriendly and short-sighted move, based on deep misinterpretation of the real causes of the developments in Ukraine," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The decision will "inevitably harm the entire complex of bilateral relations and will cause a setback," it said, adding that it was "particularly inappropriate" to tie sanctions to the recent downing of Malaysian passenger plane MH17 in Ukraine.
The ministry's statement also described Japan's assurances of its readiness to develop relations with Moscow as "simply a smokescreen covering the inability of Japan's politicians to break out of Washington's wake and carry out their own individual line of policy."
Japan said Monday it will impose additional sanctions against Russia over recent upheaval in Ukraine and called on members of the Group of Seven (G7) to work on investigating the MH17 crash.
The United States and its allies have imposed several waves of sanctions on Russia over the latter's alleged destabilizing position in the Ukraine crisis. The European Union (EU) has also been mulling tough economic sanctions, with one of the key measures targeting arms sales to Moscow.
Meanwhile, a Japanese government spokesperson, Yoshihide Suga, did not say whether the sanctions will affect a planned visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin later this year.
Russia, which has been calling for a thorough and objective investigation by international experts on the plane crash, has repeatedly criticized the sanctions and warned of reciprocal moves.