Russia, China round up joint naval exercise in Baltic SeaMilitary & Defense July 27, 21:27
Chechen leader says he is ready to quit his job to protect al-Aqsa Mosque in JerusalemSociety & Culture July 27, 21:07
Russian tennis star Sharapova granted wildcard for WTA tournament in CincinnatiSport July 27, 20:11
Russia invites Baltic partners to attend naval review in St. PetersburgMilitary & Defense July 27, 19:38
Russia’s new ambassador to Turkey presents his credentials to ErdoganRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 27, 19:03
Deadly wildfires in southern EuropeWorld July 27, 18:20
Russia interested in cooperation with Finland on Arctic environmentBusiness & Economy July 27, 18:14
New US anti-Russia sanctions way to pursue its economic interests with cynicism — PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 27, 18:11
Moscow surgeons separate newborn Siamese twins conjoined at head in 30 minutesSociety & Culture July 27, 17:57
TOKYO, July 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The Japanese government will try to refrain from hasty decisions on new sanctions against Russia following the incident with the Malaysian airliner and wait for the international investigation results, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told Hokkaido Shimbun daily.
“It is important to find out the truth about the incident with the downed aircraft,” he said. “Our decision will be based on a thorough analysis. At this stage, one should refrain from light-minded decisions.”
If needed, Tokyo was ready to assist the investigation now carried out by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Ukraine, the Netherlands and other states, the Minister added.
“Japanese-Russian relations are important for the Asia Pacific. We need to continue political dialogue,” Fumio Kishida said. However, the details of decisions about mutual visits this year reached earlier were now “uncertain”, he added.
Japan’s first package of sanctions against Russia was introduced on March 18 in connection with Russia’s stance on Crimea. These sanctions froze consultations about relaxing the visa regime and delayed talks about agreements on investment and space cooperation and prevention of dangerous military actions. On July 24, Tokyo announced suspension of visa issuance for 23 Russian officials but did not release the black list.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 crashed on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk Region on July 17, killing all 298 aboard.