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New sanctions against Moscow. Japan bans exports and freezes assets of Russian officials

Japan on Friday tightened sanctions against Russia in the wake of the latest wave of missile attacks on Ukraine, adding some goods to an export ban list and freezing the assets of Russian officials and entities.

The decision comes after Russia launched rocket attacks on Ukraine that killed at least 11 people on Thursday, after Germany and the United States pledged to supply Ukraine with tanks that could help it cope with any new Russian attack.

“In view of the situation surrounding Ukraine and to contribute to international efforts to ensure the paceJapan will implement an export ban in line with other major countries,” he said in a note from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The new sanctions include Japan’s ban on mailing materials to 49 organizations in Russia from February 3 that Moscow could use to increase its military capacity.

The ministry said these materials would include products ranging from water cannons, gas exploration equipment and semiconductor equipment to vaccines, X-ray examination equipment, explosives and robots.

Japan will also freeze the assets of three entities and 22 people in Russia, including Deputy Defense Minister Mikhail Mizintsev, Justice Minister Konstantin Chuichenko and 14 pro-Moscow supporters linked to the annexation of parts of southeastern Ukraine.

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