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Japan, EU Leaders Affirm Cooperation over Russia Sanctions

Japan, EU Leaders Affirm Cooperation over Russia Sanctions

   Tokyo, May 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and visiting leaders from the European Union on Thursday affirmed cooperation over sanctions against Russia, which is continuing its military aggression against Ukraine.
   At a meeting held at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Kishida and the EU leaders--European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen--also agreed on the importance of realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific region, apparently keeping in mind China, which is stepping up hegemonic activities.
   At a press conference after the meeting, Kishida said, "Japan will work with other Group of Seven members, including the EU, to implement powerful sanctions against Russia and bolster support for Ukraine."
   This was the 28th regular meeting between Japanese and EU leaders. Thursday's session marked the first in-person Japan-EU summit in three years. Last year's summit was held online.
   In the latest talks, the Japanese and EU leaders exchanged views on reducing energy dependence on Russia. On May 4, the EU announced a draft plan to ban oil imports from Russia by the end of this year as additional sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. Kishida at an online G-7 summit on Monday announced that Japan will ban Russian oil imports in principle.

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