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Russia's Federal Security Service (FSS) said today it has detained Japan's consul general in the Russian Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok for espionage, Russian intelligence agencies reported, cited by Reuters and AFP.

The diplomat is accused of trying to obtain information about cooperation between Moscow and an unnamed Asian country.

He was subsequently ordered to leave Russia.

The FSS said consul Motoki Tatsunori was declared persona non grata after he was detained while receiving classified information about the effect of Western sanctions on the economic situation in the Russian Far East.

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The service added that the classified information, which also concerned Russia's cooperation with an unnamed Asian country, was obtained for a "monetary reward".

"A Japanese diplomat was arrested while receiving confidential information in exchange for a monetary reward," the FSS said in a communique, quoted by Russian news agencies.

The agencies indicate that Russia has expressed a protest to Japan, but the Japanese side has so far made no comment on the case, notes BTA.