• Jiji


Japan, which is keeping in step with the United States and European countries in maintaining strong sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, also wants Southeast Asian nations to join the effort in order to ratchet up the pressure and prevent Moscow from finding loopholes that allow it to circumnavigate the punitive measures.

But the task to expand a united front against Russia is proving to be difficult as some countries in Southeast Asia traditionally have strong relations with Moscow.

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