Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Sunday indirectly urged his Mongolian counterpart, Batmunkh Battsetseg, to join the international pressure campaign against Russia in response to Moscow's aggression in Ukraine.

In a meeting in Ulaanbaatar, Hayashi told Battsetseg that Moscow's invasion of Ukraine violates international law and shakes the foundation of international order, including in Asia, and therefore global solidarity is strongly required, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Battsetseg "gave explanations based on Mongolia's positions," the ministry said, apparently reflecting Ulaanbaatar's reluctance to align with nations that have imposed severe economic sanctions on Russia.