Tokyo’s rhetoric on the Ukraine issue against the spirit of Japan-Russia relations — envoy – Russian Politics & Diplomacy
TOKYO, February 2. /TASS/. Japanese authorities’ rhetoric on the situation around Ukraine contradicts “the spirit of Russian-Japanese good neighborly relations”, Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin told the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Wednesday. Tokyo.
“I have heard and read statements from the Japanese government saying that there may be what they call ‘strong actions’ against Russia in case there is an alleged Russian incursion into Ukraine. Regarding these remarks “strong actions”, I think they contradict the spirit of good neighborly Russian-Japanese relations, they contradict the agreements between our leaders to develop comprehensive relations between Russia and Japan,” he noted. . The envoy also claimed that the Japanese officials’ remarks are “counterproductive” and “do not contribute to creating a positive atmosphere in the dialogue between Russia and Japan.”
“And I would like to recommend, sincerely, to our Japanese colleagues to re-read and study in depth our proposals, our initiatives in terms of European security that we have presented to the United States and to NATO”, added the diplomat, responding to reporters. questions.
During the online talks on January 21, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and US President Joe Biden decided to continue their close cooperation on the situation around Ukraine. As the head of the Japanese government told reporters, the parties confirmed the need to continue close cooperation aimed at preventing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Japanese prime minister also stressed that the two leaders had confirmed that the United States would “keep close contact with other allies and partners and continue to communicate that any attack will result in forceful action.”
Lately, claims of a possible Russian “invasion” of Ukraine have increasingly been echoed in Ukraine and the West. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the reports an “empty and baseless” escalation of tensions, stressing that Russia posed no threat to anyone. That said, he did not rule out the possibility that provocations were fomented to justify such claims and warned that attempts to solve the problem in south-eastern Ukraine through the use of force would have the most more serious.