The U.S. will continue to work closely with the Japanese leadership to “impose additional serious costs.”

The White House on Sunday welcomed Japan’s decision to join Western sanctions, including on the issue of disconnecting Russian banks from the SWIFT international interbank system.

“After Japan’s statement, all the countries of the Group of Seven support disconnecting a number of Russian banks from SWIFT, restrictions on the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, as well as sanctions against key Russian leaders, including President [Russian President Vladimir Putin],” White House press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a written statement.

She noted that the United States will continue to work closely with the Japanese leadership to “impose additional serious costs and make the war chosen by Putin a strategic failure.”

Earlier, the European Union, together with the United States, Great Britain and Canada, expressed their intention to disconnect some Russian banks from the SWIFT international interbank system, as well as freeze the assets of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and prohibit Russian businessmen from using assets in the markets of countries supporting this measure.