• Matvienko spoke about the hope for the lifting of Japanese sanctions against Russia

  • The speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko hopes that Tokyo will consider the abolition of anti-Russian sanctions. Such a statement she made on Wednesday, November 2, during his visit to Japan, reports TASS.

    "We hope that the Japanese side will consider the issue of lifting restrictions, sanctions imposed against Russia," said Matvienko at the meeting with the Minister of economy, trade and industry of Japan, Hiroshige Seko.

    According to her, the sanctions have a negative impact on the development of Russian-Japanese economic cooperation. The Federation Council speaker noted with regret that in the last two years there is a tendency to decrease in mutual trade, in both directions.

    "This is disadvantageous both for Russia and for Japan" — said Matvienko, expressing hope that the expected visit Hiroshige Seko in Russia will help to restore the positive dynamics of trade-economic ties.

    31 Oct, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe during debate in the lower house of Parliament said that Tokyo will keep sanctions against Moscow. At the same time, he stressed the importance of developing economic ties with Moscow.

    The aggravation of relations between Russia and Japan occurred on the background of the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Japan supported the position of the West and imposed sanctions against Moscow.

    The first package of restrictions was adopted in March 2014 stopped the Russian-Japanese consultations on visa facilitation, the pending negotiations on joint projects in space exploration, the prevention of dangerous military activities and investment cooperation.

    In April of the same year, under the sanction of Tokyo were 23 citizens of Russia, which temporarily refused to issue visas, but their names were not disclosed. In August, the government of Japan warned, if discovery is ready to freeze the assets of 40 individuals relating to Crimea, Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR), as well as two Crimean companies.

    The new sanctions list Japanese published in December of 2014. It includes 26 persons and 14 organizations associated with DND and LNR. The government of Japan also banned a number of Russian banks to carry out in its territory the issue of securities with a maturity of more than 90 days without special permission. It was reported on the strengthening of inspections to prevent export to the Russian territory of arms and related technologies.


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