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Japan bans exports of trucks, dump trucks, bulldozers to Russia — minister

Restrictions will come into effect on June 17

TOKYO, June 10. /TASS/. As a part of its new package of anti-Russian sanctions, Japan will prohibit exports of trucks, dump trucks and bulldozers to Russia, Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Koichi Hagiuda told reporters on Friday.

"In accordance with the cabinet of ministers’ June 7 decision to prohibit exporting to Russia goods that contribute to the development of industrial infrastructure, a ban on deliveries of heavy-duty vehicles, dump trucks, bulldozers and other heavy equipment will be in place from June 17," he said.

A list of prohibited goods, published on the ministry’s website, also includes certain types of timber, spare parts for industrial equipment, steel tanks, steam generators and gas generators. Japan also prohibited exports of pumping machinery, turbines, printing equipment, weaving machines, charged particle accelerators, measuring and testing equipment, industrial robots and so on.

Japan has previously imposed several packages of sanctions on Russia due to the situation around Ukraine. Personal sanctions targeted the country's leadership, officials and businessmen. The blacklists contain over 700 citizens of Russia, Belarus, the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), as well as more than 200 Russian companies and entities.

The list of goods and technologies prohibited for export has more than 300 entries, including semiconductors, equipment for maritime and aviation security, telecommunications equipment, military products, including weapons, software and oil refining equipment. In addition, Japan froze the assets of Otkritie Bank, Novikombank, Sovcombank, VTB, Rossiya Bank, Promsvyazbank and VEB.RF.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a special military operation in response to a request for help from the heads of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, but aimed to demilitarize and denazify the country. The US and its allies responded with severe sanctions and ramped up weapons supplies to Kiev.