Japan expressed concern about the increase in Russian military activity on the border with Ukraine

Japan expressed concern about the increase in Russian military activity on the border with Ukraine (SERGEI ILNITSKY SERGEI ILNITSKY /)

Japan expressed concern on Friday about the increase in Russian military activity around the border with Ukraine and a potential Russian military incursion into that country, after the deployment of troops throughout the area.

Japan is watching with concern the Russian military movement, which is increasing in the border area of ​​Ukraine. We will adopt the necessary measures ”in the event of any eventual situation, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said today at a press conference.

The Japanese Foreign Minister appeared before the media after participating in a two-way telematic meeting with Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his American counterparts, Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin, in which they shared their concern about this matter.

“The military strengthening of Moscow on the Ukrainian border and its increasingly harsh rhetoric not only threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, but also peace and stability throughout Europe,” Blinken said at the start of the meeting. by the United States Department of State.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi
Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi (CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / POOL /)

Both countries agreed to “continue to collaborate closely” and Tokyo moved its support “to Ukrainian territorial unity and sovereignty.”

The Japanese Foreign Minister gave an account of the current challenges of the international community, “such as the change in the strategic balance, the unilateral and coercive attempt to change the status quo, the abusive use of pressure and the expansion of authoritarianism”, and highlighted the importance of cooperation to combat them.

Japan thus joins the countries that have expressed concern about a possible Russian military offensive after gathering thousands of soldiers along the border with Ukraine, a move that has escalated tension in the region.

Japan thus joins the countries that have expressed concern about a possible Russian military offensive after gathering thousands of soldiers along the border with Ukraine
Japan thus joins the countries that have expressed concern about a possible Russian military offensive after gathering thousands of soldiers along the border with Ukraine (Kevin Lamarque /)

Ukrainian and American sources have indicated that the attack could occur in early 2022.

Russia has denied that it is preparing for an offensive and has said that the West pays excessive attention to the movement of troops within Russian borders.

The United States and Germany said on Wednesday that Russia’s military concentration near the border with Ukraine represents an “immediate and urgent challenge” for European security and that any intervention will have serious consequences.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock presented a unified front on Russia after a meeting in Washington. The severity of any response to a Russian invasion of Ukraine depends largely on Germany, Europe’s largest economy and a diplomatic heavyweight within the 27-nation European Union.

(With information from EFE)

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Source-www.infobae.com