New Delhi, May 4: Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said that Moscow has banned the entry of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi to Russia due to an unprecedented anti-Russian campaign launched by Tokyo.
“Tokyo is taking practical steps aimed at dismantling good neighborly ties, damaging the Russian economy and the international authority of our country …” The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement
“Taking into account the above mentioned, as well as personal sanctions imposed by the Japanese government against Russian citizens, including the top leadership of the state, a decision was made to permanently ban the following Japanese citizens from entering Russia,” the ministry added.
Kishida and Hayashi top the list of sanctioned individuals, attached to the statement.
As many as 63 Japanese citizens have been mentioned in the list, including Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa.