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Japan will join the United States, Britain, Europe and Canada in blocking certain Russian banks’ access to the SWIFT international payment system, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday evening, as part of more sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.

“Following Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, it is no longer possible to continue relations with Russia as before,” Kishida told reporters. “Japan along with Group of Seven countries and the international community will take stricter sanctions.”

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