Germany and Japan intend to abandon coal from the aggressor country, reports the railway magazine Railway Supply.

Rejection of coal from Russia

In particular, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Germany must meet the 120-day deadline set by the European Union for member countries to completely stop importing Russian coal.

«I believe that it will be necessary to use this transitional period,» he said after a meeting with the heads of the federal states of Germany.

The official added that it would be good if this could be done faster. “But we and the companies need time to prepare, we need time to search for new sources, companies are already doing this,” he said.

In addition, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Friday the introduction of a new package of sanctions against the Russian Federation – a ban on coal and vodka imports, a freeze on the assets of Sberbank and Alfa Bank, and a suspension of new investments.

Fumio Kishida noted that the sanctions list will consist of five points and is part of Japan’s efforts to increase economic and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation as a result of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

As previously reported, the EU approved the fifth package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. The document notes that Russian ships will be banned from entering the ports of EU member states, and cargo transport operators of the Russian Federation and Belarus will not be able to work on the territory of the EU.

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