Kishida condemns Russia and announces additional sanctions

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Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio strongly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He also announced that the Japanese government would impose additional sanctions and take other measures.

Kishida said the invasion took place in defiance of the efforts of the international community and was an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force.

Kishida said the attack is a clear violation of international law, as it undermines Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He reiterated his condemnation of the Russian assault. The prime minister said this undermines the foundations of the international order.

Kishida announced that additional sanctions will be imposed and other measures will be taken. He said Japan would suspend issuing visas, freeze the assets of certain Russian individuals and entities, and freeze the assets of Russian financial institutions. He added that restrictions will be imposed on exports to entities linked to the Russian military. He also said export controls will be imposed on semiconductors and other products.

There are said to be around 120 Japanese nationals in Ukraine. Kishida stressed that the government will do everything possible to ensure their safety.

He said a temporary liaison office set up in Lviv, western Ukraine, will provide support for people wishing to evacuate overland to neighboring Poland.

He also said that the government has already organized charter flights from Poland to other countries.

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