Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida described Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as having “shaken the roots of the international order”. The situation in Ukraine was part of bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart on Saturday, as part of the 14th Japan Summit.
“We discussed the situation in Ukraine. The Russian attack on Ukraine is a very serious matter that has shaken the roots of the international system. We must approach the issue with firm resolve,” the Japanese prime minister said.
The two leaders called for an immediate cessation of violence in the war-torn country and agreed that the path of dialogue was the only way to resolve the crisis. They also underlined the importance of the safety and security of nuclear installations in Ukraine. They also acknowledged the active efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
As Quad leaders, they also discussed the implications of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in the Indo-Pacific region. Addressing a press briefing after their bilateral meeting, Prime Minister Modi and Kishida described the Russian attack on Ukraine as “serious”.
Kishida said, “I told Modi that unilateral efforts to change the status quo by force cannot be allowed in any sector. We both agreed on the need for a peaceful solution to all conflicts based on international law.”
While Japan has harshly criticized Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, India has advocated resolving the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy.
“The Prime Ministers expressed grave concern over the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and assessed its wider implications, particularly for the Indo-Pacific region,” said a joint statement released after the talks. “They underscored that the contemporary world order has been built on the United Nations Charter, international law and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States,” he added.
The joint statement said Modi and Kishida underscored their commitment to work in tandem for a peaceful, stable and prosperous world based on a rules-based order that respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations.
“In this regard, they reaffirmed their shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, free from coercion,” he said. “They shared the view that the economies of both countries in such a world would be fueled by strong two-way investment and trade flows through diverse, resilient, transparent, open, secure and predictable global supply chains that ensure security. economy and the prosperity of their peoples,” the joint statement read.
(With PTI inputs)
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