Russia blacklisted Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, members of his cabinet, and members of parliament. This was announced on Wednesday, May 4, by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
In addition, the list includes heads of media holdings, journalists, and university professors. In total, the list included 63 people. These citizens are indefinitely banned from entering the territory of Russia.
The Russian ministry clarified that the Japanese authorities launched an “unprecedented anti-Russian campaign”, in which they allow “unacceptable rhetoric against the Russian Federation, including slander and direct threats.” The blacklisting of these individuals was a response to Tokyo’s anti-Russian sanctions.
On April 19, it was reported that Japan feared the negative impact of anti-Russian sanctions and the situation in Ukraine on the Japanese economy. According to the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of the country, Koichi Hagiuda, in the near future the government will form a group of experts in the field of the use of renewable energy sources, in particular solar panels.
On April 12, the Japanese authorities approved additional sanctions against 398 people and 28 organizations from Russia. In addition, Japan approved the freezing of the assets of Sberbank and Alfa-Bank from May 12.
On April 5, Japan banned the export of luxury goods to the Russian Federation, including premium cars, jewelry and precious stones. The export ban also includes liquors, tobacco products, perfumes, cosmetics, leather goods, fur, glassware, laptops, watches, etc.
Foreign countries are imposing sanctions against Russia against the backdrop of an operation to protect Donbass, which Moscow announced on February 24. A few days earlier, the situation in the region had deteriorated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. Then the authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the LPR and DPR.
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