Japan will ban the export of vaccines, medical equipment and robots to Russia from February 3. This is reported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of the country. In addition, the import into Russia of radioactive materials, equipment for nuclear facilities, oil and natural gas exploration will be prohibited.
Japan also expanded the list of personal sanctions. “To contribute to international peace efforts, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved measures such as an asset freeze on Russian officials,” the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
There are 22 people on the list, including, in particular:
- Commissioner for Children’s Rights under the President of Russia Maria Lvova-Belova;
- pro-Kremlin political scientist Alexander Dugin;
- Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia Mikhail Mizintsev;
- First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Andrey Belousov;
- Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Chernyshenko;
- Lieutenant General of the Russian Armed Forces Sergey Ryzhkov;
- Suleiman Kerimov’s relatives Nariman, Said, Amin, Gulnara Kerimov and his wife Firuza Kerimova;
- Minister of Justice of Russia Konstantin Chuichenko;
- member of the Public Chamber of Russia Alexander Markovich;
- Ella Pamfilova, the chairman of the CEC of Russia, her deputy Nikolay Bulaev and the member of the CEC Nikolay Levicheva and others.
The website of the Japanese Foreign Ministry says that the Irkut Corporation, the Moscow Avangard Machine-Building Plant and KamAZ PJSC also fell under the sanctions.
In a separate list, Japan included 14 more people associated with the so-called “DPR” and “LPR”, annexed Crimea and the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine seized by the Russian Federation.
In total, export restrictions affect 49 Russian organizations, including the Zvyozdochka ship repair center, the Moscow Aviation Institute, the Tula Arms Plant, the Moscow Institute of Thermal Engineering and others.
Japan is consistently expanding sanctions against Russia because of the war in Ukraine. At the end of September, 21 Russian companies were added to the sanctions list. In addition, Japan imposed an embargo on the export of “goods and materials related to chemical weapons in the Russian Federation.”
Earlier, about 300 Russian companies and organizations had already fallen under Japanese sanctions. The Japanese authorities froze the assets of VTB, Sberbank, Otkritie Bank, Promsvyazbank, VEB.RF and Alfa-Bank. It is forbidden to export high-tech equipment to Russia, including 3D printers, quantum computers and microscopes. In addition, the Japanese authorities imposed an embargo on the import of Russian gold.
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