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Japan to continue talks with Russia for Ukraine peaceful settlement

March 25, 2014, 10:23 UTC+3 TOKYO

"The decisions taken in The Hague do not mean that Russia is excluded from the Group of Eight forever," Yoshihide Suga said

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Yoshihide Suga

Yoshihide Suga


TOKYO, March 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Japanese government intends to maintain close synchronization of actions with Group of Seven leading world economies over the current situation around Ukraine, continue talks with Russia and seek for diplomatic solution to today’s problems, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference in the Japanese capital on Tuesday.

“The decisions taken in The Hague do not mean that Russia is excluded from the Group of Eight forever. On the contrary, the G7 states push Russia to seek for diplomatic solution to problems and take responsible decisions. Japan hopes for return to the atmosphere that will permit to hold reasonable discussions in all G8 states. Keeping up synchronization of actions with the G7 states our country seeks for talks with Russia and will perform its role aimed at peaceful, diplomatic settlement of problems,” he noted.

In reply to the question about possible additional sanctions the Japanese chief cabinet secretary noted that this issue would be decided in cooperation with the G7 states. “We should see how Russia will take the G7 statement (adopted in The Hague on March 24),” Suga noted. “Our country has formulated its position clearly that envisages we cannot put up with changes in status quo through the use of force in any way. Japan will respond to current coordination with the G7 states,” he noted.

The country’s chief cabinet secretary also noted that the agenda of a possible visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Moscow earlier scheduled for late April is not developed yet. “Concrete timeline is not set, as a decision to this effect will be taken on the basis of comprehensive survey of current situation,” he noted.

Japanese Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization Akira Amari said in Tokyo earlier on Tuesday that Japanese government called for restoration of Russia’s participation in the Group of Eight after settle current problems over Ukraine were settled.

“Russia is an important international actor related to the maintenance of global order and it would be desirable for Moscow to regain its position in the G8 after the solution of the problems the world community has pointed out,” Amari said.

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