Japan categorically against use of force in resolving conflict in Donbas - prime minister

Tokyo supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and believes the use of force for resolving the crisis in Donbas is unacceptable, says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Tokyo supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and believes the use of force for resolving the crisis in Donbas is unacceptable, says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"Japan's position consists in categorically rejecting a forcible scenario and in respecting the rule of law and Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Abe told journalists following negotiations with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday.

The Ukrainian leader thanked the Japanese prime minister for supporting the Ukrainian state both on the bilateral and multilateral level. "We highly value Japan's resolute position on not recognizing Crimea's annexation by Russia and its willingness to comprehensively facilitate the consolidation of the international community's efforts to ensure the full implementation of the Minsk agreements," Poroshenko said.

The Japanese prime minister replied to this: "Japan, which will hold the G7 chairmanship next year, will actively promote a peaceful and diplomatic settlement of the situation within the G7 framework."

Abe regretted that the ceasefire in Donbas has not been fully observed. "It is sad that there have been ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, particularly on the line of contact. I must note that all parties, including Russia and Ukraine, should honestly observe the ceasefire agreements," he said.

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