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Tokyo Says Japan Prepares to Implement New Sanctions Against Russia

RIA Novosti

10:26 30/07/2014

MOSCOW, July 30 (RIA Novosti) -Japan is in the process of preparing for the implementation of its sanctions against Russia, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference in Tokyo.

"We are taking steps to prepare for the implementation of the sanctions, announced on July 28. Our further activity will take into account the importance of cooperation with the G7 countries," Suga said.

Japan's preparation to put in place its sanctions presupposes creating a list of individuals and companies that the sanctions will target, as well as account separately for goods imported from Crimea.

On Monday the Japanese government released a list of new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. The sanctions presuppose freezing of assets of people 'involved in Crimea annexation and responsible for destabilizing the situation in Ukraine.'

Japan will also be implementing new projects in Russia in accordance with the policy of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, adopted by the European Union. There will be limitations placed on Crimean goods.

Japan was the last G7 member to apply sanctions against Russia: in March it stopped talks with Russia about the easing of visa requirements, and then on April 23 Russian officials were denied visas over the crisis in Ukraine, even though their names were never made public.

The Russian Foreign Ministry considers new sanctions as a sign of unfriendliness. Moscow pointed out that the new sanctions took Russia-Japan relations a few steps back and that Tokyo should realize that.

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