Russia bans entry to the Japanese prime minister and 62 senior officials

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that it had banned dozens of Japanese officials, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, from entering its territory after Tokyo joined international sanctions imposed on Moscow during its military campaign. in Ukraine.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “V. Kishida’s administration has launched an unprecedented anti-Russian campaign and allows unacceptable rhetoric against the Russian Federation, including slander and direct threats”.

“This is echoed by public figures, experts and representatives of media Japanese, who are fully involved in the West’s attitudes towards our country, “he added.

Dismantling good neighborly relations

He accused Tokyo of taking “practical steps aimed at dismantling good neighborly relations and damaging the Russian economy and the country’s global position”.

The ministry said it would indefinitely bar 63 high-ranking Japanese officials from entering in Russia, including the prime minister, cabinet ministers, lawmakers, journalists and professors.

Interestingly, since the launch of the Russian military operation on Ukrainian territory on February 24, several Western countries, including the United States and Great Britain, have sided with Kiev, supporting it with weapons, equipment and humanitarian aid. Hundreds of sanctions have also been imposed on Moscow in various sectors.

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