- Japan imposes visa bans on 23 people in new sanctions on Russia

TOKYO, April 29 Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:07am IST

Related Topics

TOKYO, April 29 (Reuters) - Japan imposed visa bans on 23 people on Tuesday as it followed the United States and the European Union in announcing expanded sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine.

Moscow has already denounced what it called "Cold War" tactics for the new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed on Russian and Ukrainian allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Japan expresses serious concern that Russian moves to violate Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, including the annexation of Crimea, are continuing," Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said in a statement.

The Foreign Ministry did not disclose the names, titles or nationalities of the 23 people hit with the new visa bans. A ministry official said Japan's list was based on those compiled by the United States and the European Union.

The new U.S. sanctions, announced on Monday, target the likes of Putin's friend Igor Sechin, the head of oil giant Rosneft, with visa bans and asset freezes.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who left Japan on Tuesday, faces a tough task during a 10-day European trip.

He must strike a balance between standing by other G7 nations in condemning Russia, while also maintaining working ties with Moscow as Tokyo seeks to diversify energy imports after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Following Russia's recognition of the independence of Ukraine's Crimea region in March, Japan suspended talks with Russia on the relaxation of visa requirements and froze the launch of negotiations on a new investment pact. (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Paul Tait)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

India-Nepal Ties

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Tackling Food Prices

Tackling Food Prices

India to free up extra 10 million tonne wheat in open market  Full Article 

Facebook Results

Facebook Results

Facebook beats Wall Street targets, stock hits record high  Full Article 

GM Recall

GM Recall

GM recalls 717,950 vehicles in U.S., not for ignition switches  Full Article 

Hyundai Motor Results

Hyundai Motor Results

Hyundai Motor Q2 profit slips as firmer won, U.S. discounts hurt  Full Article 

Nokia Results

Nokia Results

Nokia raises networks outlook after Q2 profit beats estimates  Full Article 

Factory Sector

Factory Sector

China July HSBC flash PMI at 18-month high of 52.0   Full Article 

Breakingviews

Breakingviews

Apple winds up earnings hope for new gadgets  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage