Yachi asks Russia to solve Ukraine crisis peacefully


Security official Shotaro Yachi on Wednesday called on Russia to resolve tensions over Ukraine in a peaceful manner.

Yachi, head of the National Security Council’s secretariat, made the request at a meeting in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

At the 75-minute meeting, Yachi explained Japan’s position that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine should be respected. He arrived in Moscow earlier Wednesday for a three-day stay.

Russia has been under criticism from the international community for militarily intervening in Crimea, southern Ukraine, earlier this month.

At the beginning of the meeting, Lavrov said Russia hopes that the bilateral events planned with Japan this year will take place without a hitch and bear fruit, underscoring its intention to promote ties with Tokyo by separating bilateral issues from the Ukrainian situation.

Yachi responded by saying that it is important for the two countries to have opportunities for dialogue and to exchange opinions whatever problems there may be. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attaches importance to his personal relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Yachi added.

Lavrov said Russia hopes that a solution will be found through a process in which parties concerned adjust their opinions, as the international situation is increasingly tense.