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Japan PM Kishida pledges further cooperation with EU on Russia

Tokyo earlier this week announced it would phase out imports of Russian oil.

Japan and the European Union will ramp up cooperation in punishing Russia over its war in Ukraine, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Thursday.

In a joint news conference held in Tokyo, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel and Kishida said they would continue to condemn Russia and discuss how to maximise cooperation in areas including energy, supplies of which have come under strain due to the war and sanctions against Moscow.

“We welcome the increasingly strong stance Japan is taking against Russia,” von der Leyen said at the start of the meeting.

Earlier this week, Japan announced it would follow its Group of Seven partners in halting the use of Russian oil, with imports to be phased out over time to minimise adverse effects on people’s livelihoods and businesses. Japan is

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