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Japan’s lower house raps about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in ‘strongest terms’

Japan’s lower house on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in “the strongest possible terms”, urging Russian troops to immediately stop the attack and withdraw from the nation. Eastern Europe.

The resolution, approved by the House of Representatives, expressed opposition to Russia’s use of force to unilaterally change the status quo after the aggression sparked an international outcry and led the United States and its allies, including Japan, to impose severe economic sanctions on Russia.

The Russian invasion contravenes international law and the UN Charter prohibiting the use of force, the document states, adding: “It clearly undermines the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. “.

Japan’s House of Representatives passes a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during a plenum session in Tokyo on March 1, 2022. (Kyodo)

“This is an extremely serious situation that could shake the foundations of order, not only in Europe but also in the wider international community, including in Asia,” the document said.

The resolution is the second of its kind regarding the current Ukrainian crisis. The House of Councillors, or upper house, is expected to approve its own resolution, possibly on Wednesday.

The lower house resolution again expressed solidarity with the people of Ukraine, following a previous document adopted in February, urging the Japanese government to respond quickly and firmly to the crisis using sanctions or other means. so that peace can be restored in Ukraine.

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Japan on Tuesday approved a series of sanctions, freezing assets held by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, as well as some Russian banks, as part of efforts to hold Russia accountable.

“We will work with the international community and respond appropriately by promptly implementing strong sanctions and other measures,” Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said after the resolution was passed.

The previous resolution of February 8, before Russia launched its military attack, did not mention the deployment of Russian forces as the cause of increased tensions near Ukraine’s borders, saying only that the situation was destabilized by foreign forces. .