Japan decrees an embargo on high-tech equipment destined for Russia

AA / Ankara

Japan decreed, this Friday, an embargo on exports of high-tech products to Russia, from May 20, thus sanctioning Russia for its war against Ukraine.

The list of goods whose export to Russia will be banned was disclosed in a statement issued by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on its website.

“In light of the current international situation in Ukraine, our country contributes to international efforts for world peace, in order to solve this problem, and accordingly, we have decided to implement the government’s decision of May 10, prohibiting the ‘export of high-tech goods to Russia (computers, 3D printers),’ the statement said.

The new sanctions cover 14 products, including 3D printers, quantum computing equipment, electron microscopes and catalysts for oil refining, according to Russian news agency TASS.

Japan has joined the procession of Western countries that have imposed a series of economic sanctions on Russia and Belarus, including, among others, the freezing of the assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

The land of the rising sun has also banned seven Russian banks from the Swift interbank network, in order to disrupt their trade and remittances.

On February 24, Russia started a war in Ukraine, which sparked strong international reactions and the imposition of “severe” economic and financial sanctions against Moscow.

* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour.

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