Japan considers Belarus sanctions US financial sanctions announced = sources | Reuters

On February 26, the government began considering economic sanctions on Belarus after the United States announced financial sanctions on Belarus for supporting the invasion of Ukraine. The photo shows the flags of Belarus and Russia. Taken in Minsk, June 2019 (2022 Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

[Tokyo, 26th, Reuters]–The government has begun considering economic sanctions on Ukraine after the United States announced financial sanctions on Ukraine for supporting the invasion of Ukraine. The involvement of Belarus in this invasion will be discussed in the major countries (G7), and the contents will be finalized. Several government officials have revealed.

On the 24th, the US Treasury announced financial sanctions on multiple individuals, including several Belarusian state-owned banks, defense-related companies, and the Minister of Defense. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a press conference on the 25th that he would like to cooperate with the G7 and the international community to take appropriate measures regarding sanctions on Belarus.

Belarus and Russia have been conducting joint military exercises near the Ukraine border in recent weeks, with military vehicles reportedly witnessed entering Ukraine from Belarus. According to government officials, the G7 are considering the role of Belarus in the invasion of Ukraine, and are considering implementing economic sanctions together.

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