Japan said Friday that it will ban exports of cutting-edge goods to Russia as additional sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.
According to the Economic and Trade Ministry, the ban on exports of 14 high-tech goods, including oil refining equipment, quantum computers, 3D printers, and electron microscopes, to Russia will take effect starting May 20.
This follows Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi's remarks on Friday that Russia should be "held accountable over its atrocities" in Ukraine and called Moscow's actions “totally unacceptable.”
Kuleba expressed his gratitude to Japan for its decision to impose an embargo on Russian oil "to defund Russian war machine."
“We will continue to cooperate with the respective leaders in the G7 to implement strict sanctions against Russia and provide further support to Ukraine in various aspects in the future,” he said at a press conference in London.
While Kishida had pledged to phase out imports of Russian oil in tandem with the G7 nations' efforts, he said the plan for Japan to keep its stakes in the Russian oil and natural gas projects remains unchanged.
“We will take steps to phase out in a manner that will minimize adverse effects on [Japanese] people’s lives and business activities, but our plan to maintain our interests [in the projects] remains unchanged,” he told reporters.
Russia is Japan’s fifth-largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier. The Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project in Russia was one of Japan’s main LNG supply sources, with an annual capacity of 9.6 million tons.
Japan criticized Russia's actions and claimed that it was Russia who initiated the conflict in Ukraine and precipitated the current political situation.