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Japan approved three new banks and banned exports to Russia

Japan approved three new banks and banned exports to Russia

Japan's new Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu announces new cabinet members at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Japan’s new Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu announces new cabinet members at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The Japanese Government has added two Russian banks and one Belarusian bank to its list of sanctioned entities as punishment for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a ban on the export of goods that help strengthen Moscow’s industrial infrastructureJapan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Today’s decision affects two Russian banks, Credit Bank of Moscow and Agricultural Bank of Russia, as well as the Belarusian Bank for Development and Reconstruction, measures aimed at “contributing to international efforts for peace in Ukraine.”according to the Ministry.

The spokesman of the Executive, Hirokazu Matsuno, said at a press conference this Tuesday, “to stop Russia as soon as possible and seek the way of dialogue, it is necessary to help Ukraine and take strong measures against the Federation” , and indicated that they will continue to take action based on the development of the situation.

Regarding exports, Japan only indicated that those goods capable of strengthening Russia’s industrial infrastructure would be frozen, but did not clarify any specific measures in this regard.

Today’s increased sanctions come nearly a month after the Japanese government announced another round of sanctions against Russia, including freezing the assets of 141 people, including the country’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, and banning exports to 71 Russian companies.

In its previous rounds of sanctions, Japan decided to stop the export of semiconductors and microchip components that could be used by the Russian military industry, and among other product categories, it also halted sales of luxury cars to Russia.

To your, andThe Greek Government has announced on Monday that it will deliver around 100 Soviet-designed infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine, once the replacement German infantry fighting vehicles have arrived in the Hellenic country.

“The old armor will be sent to Ukraine after the newer and more modern armor that will replace them is received from Germany”the Greek Government spokesman, Giannis Oikonomou, emphasized it at a press conference in Athens, as reported by the Greek newspaper ‘Dikaiologitika’.

Athens announced in May that it would only deliver heavy weapons to Ukraine if they were replaced immediately, because the Greek islands could not remain unprotected, in the context of the crisis with Turkey.

The Greek government received criticism from the opposition, which denied that the Aegean islands were left unprotected.

“It is clear that there is no gap in the defense of the country. Therefore, the accusations and accusations of those who believe that there will be a vacuum in the defense of the islands are completely unfounded, accusations made by the opposition, which until recently had not decided whether to defend the country”.Oikonomou responded to the allegations, as reported by the aforementioned newspaper.

(With information from EFE)

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