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Translated by MOS English Team – Mark Wen, Juliet


At the G7 leaders’ online summit on May 8, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that Japan would embargo Russian oil “in principle” as an additional sanction on Russia. “It’s an extremely difficult decision for a country heavily dependent on energy imports, but this is a time when G7 unity is more important than anything,” Kishida said.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends the online G-7 leaders’ summit on May 8, 2022. (Photo from KYODO)

The online meeting lasted about 70 minutes. The G7 leaders issued a joint statement after the meeting pledging to phase out dependency on Russian energy, “including by phasing out or banning the import of Russian oil.”

During the meeting, Kishida emphasized that “Russia’s aggression against Ukraine not only disrupted the European order, but also shook the international order including Asia. At this moment, the G7 needs to unite and safeguard universal values.”

He also explained that the additional sanctions against Russia announced on May 5th include an expansion of asset freezes, an embargo on technological products such as quantum computers, and an embargo on Russian oil.

In addition, the Prime Minister also mentioned his recent visits to Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand during the holidays. He stressed that sovereignty and territorial integrity are the embodiment of respect for international law and cannot be trampled on by any tyrannical force.

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