Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said on Tuesday that Japan would provide Ukraine with masks and protective clothing against chemical weapons.
Kishi said this was in response to a request from the Kyiv government, adding that commercial drones would be provided to Ukraine for reconnaissance in its fight against Russian invaders.
The move came amid growing concerns over the use of chemical weapons by Russian troops.
“We will continue to provide as much support as possible to the Ukrainian government. Recently, Japan had already provided bulletproof vests, helmets and winter combat clothing.”
As part of economic sanctions imposed on Moscow, Japan enforced a ban on imports of 38 products from Russia on Tuesday, including vodka and some wood products.
The banned products accounted for just over one percent of imports from Russia, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported.
Japan was acting in agreement with the West by imposing tougher sanctions on Russia. (Afp/NAN)