Regarding Russia's President Putin's signing of a presidential decree ordering the change of the business entity of "Sakhalin 2" to a newly established Russian company, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hagiuda said that the import of LNG to Japan will stop immediately. After saying that it was not, he reiterated the idea of ​​carefully considering countermeasures.

At a press conference after the Cabinet meeting on the 5th, Minister Hagita said about the presidential directive signed by President Putin, "Although the import of LNG will not stop immediately, the contents required based on the presidential directive will be often requested with businesses in the future. I would like to scrutinize and carefully consider countermeasures. "

Regarding the treatment of interests of Japanese companies in Sakhalin 2 and the impact on Japanese imports, he said, "I would like to refrain from answering with prejudice," and continued to ask the Russian side for explanations through diplomatic routes. The government has also indicated a policy of collecting information.

Meanwhile, Minister Hagiuda announced that he will attend the Energy Ministers' Meeting of Quad, the framework of the four countries of Japan, the United States, Australia and India, which will be held in Sydney, Australia on the 13th of this month, and will meet with the ministers in charge of each country.

Minister Hagiuda said, "We must assume everything after the invasion of Ukraine," and among them, we confirmed cooperation with each country to secure alternative procurement sources for Russian LNG. Showed the idea to do.