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Ambassador Emanuel Welcomes PM Kishida's Action against Russian Oil Industry and Belarus
March 8, 2022

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel: Prime Minister Kishida’s Action against Russia’s Oil Refining Industry and Economic Sanctions on Belarus

We applaud the Kishida government’s leadership today to target Russia’s oil refining sector with strict export controls. In response to Ukraine’s need, Japan’s firm action will further restrict Russia’s access to revenue that supports Putin’s aggression and illegal war against the Ukrainian people. Moreover, Japan’s continued strong, coordinated action to apply maximum pressure on Belarus will hold accountable those who are enabling the brutal invasion of Ukraine.

These new actions, implemented in close unity with the United States and other partners, demonstrate Japan’s resolute commitment to stand together with the Ukrainian people and against Putin’s vicious regime.