Japan considers imposing sanctions on Belarus
Japan is considering imposing economic sanctions on Belarus, in line with the United States, for its support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, two government officials with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Saturday. It was not immediately clear which people or entities would be targeted by these sanctions. Officials told Reuters that Tokyo would coordinate with the other members of the Group of Seven industrial powers.
A Foreign Office spokesman declined to comment. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s office could not immediately be reached for comment. U.S. sanctions over Thursday’s invasion include 24 Belarusian individuals and entities, the U.S. Treasury Department said.
Japan announced sanctions against Russia over the invasion, with Kishida calling Moscow’s moves an unacceptable violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and international law. Russian troops were advancing towards the capital Kiev on Friday even as Russia and Ukraine signaled an openness to negotiations, following the invasion from the north, east and south, an attack that threatens to upend the Europe’s post-Cold War order.
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