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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko in Tokyo on Wednesday and reaffirmed that Japan is committed to resolving the crisis in Crimea, adding that it will bring the issue to the Group of Seven summit next month.

The prime minister’s comments allude to Japan’s need to keep relations with the United States balanced, even as Abe hopes to make an unofficial visit to Russia in May to make progress on a territorial dispute.

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