Published on March 3, 2022
Statement by Japan Foreign Minister HAYASHI Yoshimasa
- On February 24, Russia launched military actions in Ukraine.
- These actions clearly infringe upon the Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, constitute a serious violation of international law prohibiting use of force, and are a grave breach of the United Nations Charter. Any unilateral change of the status quo by force is totally unacceptable. This is an extremely serious situation that shakes the foundation of international order not only in Europe but also in Asia. Japan condemns the actions in the strongest terms. Japan strongly urges Russia to cease the attack and withdraw its forces back to Russian territory immediately.
- In response to the above-mentioned situation, and in cooperation with the international community, Japan will take the following additional measures:
- To suspend the issuance of visas to Japan for designated individuals related to Russia and freeze the assets held by designated individuals and entities related to Russia in Japan.
- To freeze assets of three Russian banks (VEB.RF, Promsvyazbank, Bank Rossiya) in Japan.
- To impose sanctions on exports to Russian military-related entities, on exports of controlled items listed on the internationally agreed list and of other dual-use goods such as semiconductors.
- The relevant ministries will swiftly proceed with the domestic procedures which are necessary to take these measures.
- Japan will continue to make efforts to improve the situation in cooperation with the international community, including G7, and standing alongside Ukraine and its people.
This information was published by the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To read the original article go to: https://www.mofa.go.jp/press/release/press6e_000371.html