According to Kyodo and Reuters, Kishida pointed out that the new restrictions mean a ban on the issuance of Russian bonds and a freeze on the assets of some individuals. As on the eve of the United States, Japan banned imports from the DPR and LPR, as well as the export of goods there. In addition, the issuance of visas to representatives of these republics is prohibited.
If the situation around Ukraine escalates, Japan will introduce new restrictive measures.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the document recognizing the independence of the LPR and DPR on February 21 after a meeting of the Security Council. As soon as this became known, the permanent representatives of the European Union announced the beginning on February 22 of the procedure for preparing targeted sanctions against Moscow. EU leaders called the decision of the Russian president "egregious", they are sure that this is a violation of international law.
The British authorities imposed economic sanctions against five Russian banks, as well as against entrepreneurs close to the Russian president Gennady Timchenko, Boris and Igor Rotenberg. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss signed the first package of restrictions against Russia. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Russia is facing a "flurry of sanctions".
Washington, in turn, has introduced a new package of sanctions against Moscow that will affect the sovereign public debt. This, said US President Joe Biden, would cut Russia off "from Western funding".