Moscow to retaliate against Japan’s new sanctions, says Deputy Foreign Minister

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Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko

5th June 2023 – (Moscow) Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko stated on Monday that Moscow is considering retaliatory steps against Japan’s new round of anti-Russian sanctions and will not let them pass without a response. The Japanese government expanded its sanctions against Russia due to the situation in Ukraine, adding 24 individuals and 78 entities to the sanctions list. If any assets from these individuals are discovered in Japan, they will be seized.

Rudenko said that the new package of sanctions, which was published at the end of May, was taken very negatively by Moscow. He added that they are currently examining potential retaliatory measures and that this will not go without consequences.

The sanctions list includes representatives of the command of the Russian Armed Forces, general director of the Almaz-Antey concern Yan Novikov, journalist Olga Skabeeva, the National Wealth Fund, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and the Gorky Automobile Plant. In addition, Japan has imposed export restrictions on 80 Russian entities, including the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, the Lavochkin scientific development and production center, PJSC KamAZ, MegaFon, the Skolkovo Foundation, and Skoltech.