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U.S. and Japan agreed to strengthen sanctions against Russia

U.S. and Japan agreed to strengthen sanctions against Russia Photo: The U.S. and Japan agreed to strengthen sanctions against Russia (Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa have agreed to strengthen sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, according to Kyodo.

It is noted that the two high-ranking diplomats have agreed that Japan and the United States will continue to impose new stringent sanctions against Russia and will also continue to provide multifaceted support to Ukraine.

During the meeting, the heads of the foreign ministries also discussed the situation in the Red Sea after the American and British forces struck the Houthis, as well as the prospects for the development of the conflict in the Gaza Strip and a range of other international issues.

Introduction of sanctions against Russia

Since February 24, 2022, Western countries have imposed a record number of sanctions against the Russian Federation for its invasion of Ukraine. Restrictions continue to be introduced practically every week.

Recently, it was reported that Russian airlines have experienced more frequent aircraft breakdowns due to Western sanctions on repairs and spare parts supply. Only around Aeroflot, 8 planes have broken down in the last 5 weeks.

In addition, the United States imposed new sanctions against Russia on January 11. The assets of the Ministry of Defense fell under restrictions. The U.S. Treasury also reported that the escalation of sanctions against Russia at the end of 2023 hit Kremlin's oil revenues.

Recently, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed with partners the intensification of sanctions against Russia.