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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel on Japan’s Additional Sanctions on Russia
April 8, 2022

As clear and convincing evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine mounts, Prime Minister Kishida’s decision to ban investment in Russia, phase out Russian coal imports, sanction Sberbank and Alfa Bank, ban the import of certain Russian goods, and freeze the assets of nearly 400 additional individuals including military officers and members of the Duma, sends a resolute message that Japan and the world will not tolerate criminality. These strong actions underscore our shared determination to punish Russia for Putin’s ongoing illegal and immoral aggression against Ukraine.