There are no positive changes in relations between Moscow and Tokyo, there is a tendency for a further deterioration in relations, said on May 9 the deputy head of the Russian diplomatic mission in Japan, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Gennady Ovechko.
The diplomat recalled that Japan, under far-fetched pretexts, introduced illegitimate restrictions. We are talking about personal sanctions, breaking contacts, freezing the reserves of the Central Bank of Russia and much more.
Ovechko noticed that Tokyo had openly declared its desire to pursue a policy that was detrimental to Russia.
“We not only do not see positive changes in the openly unfriendly course of the administration, but we also note a tendency for the situation to worsen further: as the host country of the G7 events, Japan has set itself the goal of leading the efforts of “democratic sympathizers” to increase pressure on Moscow and increasing support for the Kiev regime, ”RIA Novosti quotes Ovechko.
However, he added that bilateral projects in the field of culture will continue to be implemented this year. They made a package: what new measures against the Russian Federation were introduced by the West The most sensitive are the sanctions against the banking sector, but the majority of citizens are unlikely to be affected by the next restrictions
At the end of April, it became known that Japan could ban the export of used cars to Russia. Tokyo now bans the export of new cars worth more than 3.6 million rubles.
At the same time, Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura refrained from commenting on the almost complete ban on the export of goods to Russia.
Tokyo has repeatedly expanded anti-Russian sanctions. So, in February, Japan introduced new anti-Russian sanctions, 48 Russian citizens, as well as 73 organizations, fell under restrictive measures.
In January, Japan imposed export restrictions against 49 organizations due to the situation around Ukraine. In addition, the Japanese side has frozen the assets of 22 officials and three organizations.
In the fall of 2022, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the imposition of new sanctions by Japan on Russia would have its consequences. The diplomat emphasized the restrictions associated with materials for the production of chemical weapons.
Western countries stepped up sanctions pressure on Moscow against the backdrop of a special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24, 2022.