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Kishida says Japan to continue LNG development in Russian Far East 

Sankei, Asahi, and Yomiuri took up remarks made at the Diet on Thursday by Prime Minister Kishida, who underscored that Japan “will not withdraw” from the Sakhalin 2 offshore LNG drilling project in the Russian Far East. “It is an extremely important project for ensuring energy security, as it has contributed to the long-term, stable supply of inexpensive LNG,” the premier was quoted as saying, adding, though, that the GOJ will also make efforts to reduce energy dependence on Russia. The prime minister made the comments in reply to a question from an opposition lawmaker, who insisted that the continuation of the Sakhalin 2 initiative disrupts the coordinated G7 economic sanctions. “The G7 has agreed to give consideration to the circumstances unique to each member and allow it time to secure sustainable alternative supplies,” Kishida explained.  

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