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Japan Steps Up Russia Sanctions, Protests Island Visit

Japan announced new sanctions on Russia, and lodged a protest after a senior official visited an island claimed by both nations, adding to tensions that have delayed a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Tokyo.

Japan will ban the issuance of securities in Japan by certain Russian banks, and tighten restrictions on defense exports to Russia over the infiltration of troops into eastern Ukraine, the government said yesterday. Separately, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the visit to the island by Sergei Ivanov, head of the Russian presidential administration, was “extremely regrettable.”