Japan imposed sanctions on 80 companies and 100 people from Russia

The Japanese government has extended sanctions against Russia because of the war in Ukraine, writes Asia Nikkei. Export restrictions affected 80 military-related companies.

Also the assets of 100 natural and legal persons who tried to break the previously imposed sanctions were frozen. In addition, Japanese companies were banned from providing architectural and engineering services to Russian clients.

In total, Japanese sanctions already affect about 1,000 people and 450 organizations from the Russian Federation. In addition, the assets of Alfa-Bank, VTB, VEB.RF, Novikombank, Otkritie Bank, Promsvyazbank, Rossija Bank, Sberbank and Sovcombank were frozen in the country. And the list of goods and technologies covered by the export ban includes about 800 items.

In response to the sanctions, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced in March 2022 that Moscow was ending negotiations with Japan on a peace treaty. “This topic is closed for us,” confirmed the representative of the Ministry, Maria Zakharova, in February.

In addition, Russia withdrew from the dialogue with Japan on the establishment of joint economic activities in the southern Kuril Islands, and also agreed to consultations on the fishing of Japanese fishermen in the Far East.

The G7 summit began in Hiroshima on May 19 and will last until May 21. On the very first day, the US, UK and Canada announced new sanctions against Russia.

Washington blacklisted more than a hundred companies, including two from Kyrgyzstan and Armenia, as well as 46 people. Under restrictions, they were authorized Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova and Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko, Russian billionaires Igor Kesayev (co-owner of GC “Mercury”) and Vladimir Litvinenko.

The United States also banned the export of more than 1,200 different goods, including electronics, antiques, spirits, watches, carpets, cosmetics and perfumes.

Great Britain extended sanctions against Russia, adding 86 legal entities and individuals to the blacklist. Including Severstal, AFK Sistema, Rosbank and Tinkoff Bank were placed under restrictions. The new measures stem from “theft of Ukrainian grain” and target advanced military technology and “Russia’s other sources of income,” he stressed in London.

On May 20, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Hiroshima for the G7 summit. The G-7 leaders issued a joint statement in which they pledged to continue imposing sanctions on Russia, depriving it of its sources of income, and to help Kiev “for as long as necessary.”


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