Tokyo, 25 February 2022 (TDI): Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida said that Japan’s sanctions on Russia would be expanded to encompass financial institutions and the exports of military equipment.

Narrative of the Prime Minister of Japan

Fumio Kishida told during a press conference that in the allegiance of the similar reprisal move of Washington for the forcible intrusion in Ukraine, Tokyo would target Russian financial institutions and the individuals with the sanctions, which would be imposed instantly, as well as stymie exports of military-use goods such as semiconductors.

Japan’s move has been taken after the United States slapped the sanctions after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday. Said invasion has been surmised as the worst attack by one state against another in Europe since the World War II.

Kishida also anticipated that the synchronized action by the Group of Seven (G7) nations against Russia would convey a message to dissuade prospective malicious actions in Asia and other regions of the world.

US Ambassador appreciates the Japanese stand

The United States Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, applauded the action taken by Japan against Russia. Further he said that Japan’s prompt response synchronous with the United States and other G7 members, European Union, and Australia.

The countries have foisted financial sanctions on Russian banks, oligarchs, and corporate entities, suspension of visas, restriction of semiconductor and high-tech exports, will impose unimaginable financial consequences on Russia for unprecedented action.

Reaction by Russia’s Ambassador

However, Russia’s Ambassador to Japan namely Mikhail Galuzin said that he recently informed a top Japanese official that Japan’s measures will be met with a rebuttal, considering it a “mutually unbeneficial step.”

Further he told in a news conference that it would be serious response from them. Besides, he is confident that by taking such steps the Japanese government does not support the development of mutually beneficial friendly relations between the both states.

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