torsdag 24. februar 2022

Amid Ukraine Crisis, Japan Toughens Stance on Russia

Japan has announced economic sanctions against Russia in response to President Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognize the independence of – and deploy Russian troops to – two separatist-held areas in eastern Ukraine. On Wednesday Prime Minister Kishida Fumio condemned Russia’s actions as a breach of Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and international law.

In recent days Japan has ramped up its diplomatic support for Ukraine and joined other world leaders in coordinating its response in the event Russia invades Ukraine. On Wednesday Kishida said the Japanese government will suspend the issuance of visas and freeze the assets of individuals linked to the pro-Russian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. A trade ban will also be imposed on imports and exports to the separatist regions as well as a ban on the issuance and circulation of new sovereign bonds by the Russian government in Japan.