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Japan Sanctions Russian Oligarchs And Belarussian Officials Over Invasion Of Ukraine

PARIS, France - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the country will sanction Russian oligarchs and Belarusian officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

In a press conference Thursday, Kishida said Japan would freeze oligarchs' assets, following Sunday's decision to suspend the financial assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other key government officials.

Japan will also ban financial transactions with seven major Russian banks, in addition to restricting transactions with Russian Central Bank and tightening controls on exports of internationally controlled items and semiconductors.

'We, along with Westen countries, have taken the necessary domestic measures today to isolate Russia from the international financial system and the global economy', Kishida told reporters Thursday.

Japan will also impose sanction on Belarus, including President Lukashenko and high - ranking officials, for the country's support of Russia's military aggression, Kishida announced, condemning Belarus for allowing Russian troops to enter Ukraine through its territory.

The United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union have already levied sanctions against Belarusian individuals and entities for the country's involvement in Russia's aggression.



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