Japan Walks Fine Line Over Ukraine Issue


Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, on Feb. 8. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Toko Sekiguchi  writes:  Standing with its western allies, Japan has criticized Russia over its decision to put troops in Ukraine, but at the same time has taken a softer line than others amid recently improved ties with Moscow.

Japan, whose diplomacy under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has focused on ameliorating ties with President Vladimir Putin’s administration, did join in a statement from the Group of Seven industrialized nations that it was suspending preparations for the scheduled G-8 Summit in Sochi in June. The G-7 statement said that this would stay in place “until the environment comes back where the G-8 is able to have meaningful discussion.”

But a Foreign Ministry statement issued on Sunday stopped short of condemning Russia’s actions. It expressed “grave anxiety and concern” over Russia’s decision to use military force in Ukraine, adding that such a move will “heighten the tension in the region and would harm the peace and the stability of the international community.”

The statement also “strongly urges all the parties concerned” to “respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera also told reporters on Sunday, “What’s important is to stabilize Ukraine, which also links to Japan’s security.” Read the rest >>>

Japan Real Time – WSJ

4 Comments on “Japan Walks Fine Line Over Ukraine Issue”

  1. teajr says:

    Reblogged this on Conservative Free Thinkers and commented:
    Man, even the Nipon is bigger than Putin.

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