Australia and Japan announce new sanctions – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

MOSCOW — World leaders on Wednesday continued to condemn Russia’s recognition of two breakaway regions in Ukraine.

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On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree recognizing the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine. The move prompted US President Joe Biden to announce on Tuesday his intention to enact the “first tranche” of sanctions against Russia.

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Update at 1 a.m. EST on February 23: Australia and Japan have announced new sanctions against Russia.

According to the Associated Press, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday the country would impose sanctions and travel bans on eight members of Russia’s Security Council. Australia will also expand its previous sanctions to include two Russian banks, the AP reported.

Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Wednesday that Japan would ban the new issuance and distribution of Russian bonds in the country, according to the outlet. In addition, Japan will ban trade with Donetsk and Luhansk – the two rebel Ukrainian regions – as well as suspend visa issuance and freeze the assets of people linked to these areas, the AP reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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