Visiting Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel both said on Wednesday that their countries are standing behind the G7 when it comes to imposing sanctions on former G8 member Russia, due to their annexing of Ukraine state Crimea. This despite the threats from Moscow that these actions will not go unnoticed by their government, threatening some sort of retaliation for the sanctions.
Both Germany and Japan have been trying to find a balance between implementing the sanctions agreed upon with the five other countries in G7 (Canada, France, Italy, United Kingdom, United States) while also trying to maintain an economic relationship with Russia. While they have frozen the assets and denied visas to certain influential Russian citizens, some who are close to President Vladimir Putin, the European Union, Japan and the US have been holding off on trade-related sanctions. But Merkel said that they “should not shy away from the need for further sanctions,” if the separatist fighters do not release the observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that they are currently holding.
This is one of the issues she and Abe discussed during the Japanese Premier’s visit to Germany on Wednesday. “Japan, Germany and the other G7 countries will work together on what possible further measures need to be taken,” Abe said, although he did emphasize that it is crucial to maintain clear communications with Russia. Germany enjoys the closest relationship with Russia among the Western leaders, while Japan was slowly trying to repair their fractured relationship, marred by a territorial dispute over the Northern Territories or the Kuril Islands.
[ via Moscow Times ]
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