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Japan refuses to comment on reports about Biden's proposal to release oil reserves

ANI | November 18, 2021 02:30 PM
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Tokyo [Japan], November 18 (ANI/Sputnik): Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno denied comments on Thursday on media reports about US President Joe Biden's proposal to Tokyo to join the initiative to release oil from their strategic reserves to stabilize spiking global fuel prices.

"The United States and Japan exchange on various topics daily, but I would like to refrain from commenting on any specific one of them. The Japanese government intends to continue to closely monitor the impact of rising fuel prices on global energy markets and the Japanese economy, as well as work to stabilize energy markets, calling on producing countries to increase production, as well as strengthening cooperation with other consumer countries," Matsuno said at a briefing when asked to comment on the matter.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported, citing informed sources, that the Biden administration has proposed to several countries, including Japan, South Korea, India, and China, to jointly release oil from their strategic reserves to reduce prices on global energy markets.

Beijing has not confirmed this information at a briefing on Wednesday. (ANI/Sputnik)

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