Hayashi, Blinken Share Serious Concerns over Ukraine


Tokyo, Feb. 11 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a meeting in Australia Friday shared serious concerns over the Ukrainian situation as tensions are growing in the region following military pressure from Russia.

They confirmed that Japan and the United States support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will closely cooperate over the matter.

Blinken thanked Japan for its decision to divert part of its imported liquefied natural gas to Europe amid the growing tensions over Ukraine.

Hayashi and Blinken agreed to strongly oppose China's unilateral attempts to change the status quo and its economic coercion in the East China and South China seas, while confirming the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

They reaffirmed that Japan and the United States will continue working closely together over North Korea, which is repeatedly test-firing ballistic missiles, and shared the view that it is essential to strengthen the deterrence and response capabilities of their countries.

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