TOKYO, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Japan on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Russia over crisis related to Crimea, according to Japan's Foreign Ministry.
In a statement released by the ministry Tuesday, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said that the Japanese government does not recognize Sunday's Crimean referendum, which said over 95 percent of voters wanted the region join in Russia.
Kishida announced in the statement to suspend negotiation with Russia on relaxing visa regulation and talks on agreements covering investment, outerspace and prevention of dangerous military movement.
The Crimean parliament on Monday adopted a resolution on the independence of the territory and asked Russia to admit it as its new constituent member.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to recognize Crimea as a sovereign and independent state, according to the Kremlin press service Monday.
Senior Russian politician calls U.S. sanctions "blackmail"
MOSCOW, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Moscow on Monday slammed a U.S. decision to introduce sanctions against several Russian politicians over the Ukrainian crisis, labeling the sanctions a " political blackmail".
"Imposing the sanctions on the Russian top officials who exercise their state functions is an unprecedented decision," Russian Federal Council, upper house of the parliament, speaker Valentina Matvienko told reporters. Full story
EU imposes sanctions on 21 persons after Crimea move
BRUSSELS, March 17 (Xinhua) -- The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday adopted sanctions against 21 persons, identifying them as "responsible for actions threatening Ukraine's territorial integrity."
"The Council has today adopted EU restrictive measures against persons responsible for actions which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine as well as persons and entities associated with them," said a EU statement issued after a meeting of the 28-member bloc's foreign ministers. Full story
Russia allows Ukraine to conduct inspection flight
MOSCOW, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Moscow will lend a helicopter to Ukrainian inspectors who asked to carry out a monitoring mission over Russia's Belgorod and Kursk regions, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.
"Assuming the commitment to our international obligations regarding the Vienna document on trust and security measures (of 2011), we have agreed yet again to allow the Ukrainian group onto our territory," Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters. Full story