Kishida: We have changed our policy towards Russia because of the situation in Ukraine

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that his country has seriously revised its policy towards Russia in the light of recent events in Ukraine.

“After the attack on Ukraine, Japan has undoubtedly seriously reconsidered its policy towards Russia,” Kishida said during discussions among political party leaders on the eve of parliamentary elections scheduled for July 10.

He added that the decisions taken by Japan regarding Russia, in addition to measures to combat the coronavirus, were among the main decisions taken by his government.

So far, Japan has imposed several packages of sanctions against Russia due to the situation in Ukraine. Currently, 507 Russian citizens and 253 people from the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as more than 200 Russian companies and institutions, including large banks, are under Japanese sanctions. Japan also banned the export of luxury goods to Russia, including cars, luxury motorcycles, computers, alcohol, cosmetics and high-tech products, including semiconductors and 3D printers. On June 17, Japan also imposed a ban on the export of trucks, dump trucks and bulldozers, as well as a ban on the import of certain types of wood, vodka and some other goods.

Fumio Kishida promised to reduce Japan’s dependence on Russian energy resources, especially coal, adding that Japan would refuse Russian oil supplies.

Source: RIA Novosti

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