In the corresponding resolution, the Central Bank said that the operations of the diplomatic mission with funds can only be carried out in rubles, two sources in the Japanese embassy told RTVI.
The Japanese diplomatic mission itself did not respond to a request from RTVI. In the Central Bank, the RTVI correspondent’s questions about blocking accounts were forwarded to the mentioned commercial banks. Mizuho Bank declined to comment by phone and did not respond to a request sent. Citibank also did not respond to a request. The Russian Foreign Ministry told RTVI that they did not have information about the blocking of the embassy’s accounts.
At the end of March, Interfax also reported that in response to the freezing of the accounts of the Russian embassy in Warsaw, the accounts of the Polish diplomatic mission in Moscow were blocked. Japan announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats on April 8, calling its actions a consequence of the armed conflict in Ukraine.
In addition, in mid-March, Japan expanded a list of goods and technologies that are prohibited from being exported to Russia. The restrictions affected 300 items of goods and technologies, in particular, semiconductors, equipment for maritime and aviation security, telecommunications equipment, communications equipment, military products and others.
In addition, Japan froze the assets of Otkritie Bank, Novikombank, Sovcombank, VTB, Rossiya Bank, Promsvyazbank and VEB.RF. Also, personal sanctions were imposed on the leadership of Russia, including President Vladimir Putin and a number of Russian businessmen.
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