In March, Japan suspended talks with Moscow on visa restrictions and slowed the start of negotiations on dangerous military activities in space prevention and investment cooperation. In April, the country banned visas for 23 Russian officials.
In early August, the Japanese government implemented sanctions against 39 politicians and officials who represented the Republic of Crimea, as well as Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics.
Japan also implemented a ban on the import of goods from Crimea.
Russian President Vladimir Putin repeatedly stated that using sanctions in foreign policy is not effective and never yields any results, warning that sanctions cause certain damage to those using this measure.