Russia restricts entry of some Japanese citizens as retaliation

The Russian government said Friday it has restricted the entry of specific Japanese citizens, apparently in retaliation for sanctions imposed by Japan over the Ukraine crisis.

Igor Morgulov, deputy minister of Russia's Foreign Ministry, handed a list of Japanese citizens subject to the measure to Japanese Ambassador to Russia Chikahito Harada at the ministry.

The number of people subject to the measure and their names were not released.

The move comes after Tokyo imposed additional sanctions on Russia earlier this month by freezing assets held in Japan by 40 individuals and two groups directly involved in Russia's annexation of Crimea and the instability in eastern Ukraine.