Xinhua News Agency, Moscow, September 26 (Reporter Leo) The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on the 26th, declaring a consul of the Japanese Consulate General in Vladivostok as "persona non grata" and asking him 48 hours Internal departure.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Minister-Counselor of the Japanese Embassy in Russia on the same day to inform the Japanese side about the activities of the Japanese Consulate-General in Vladivostok that are not in line with their identity and endanger Russia's security interests, the statement said.
The Russian side declared the consul "persona non grata" and asked him to leave the country within 48 hours.
The Russian side expressed its solemn protest to the Japanese side on this matter and issued a note, the statement said.
The Russian Federal Security Service told the media on the same day that the consul of the Japanese Consulate General in Vladivostok was caught on the spot while conducting espionage activities in Russia's Primorsky Krai.