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Ukraine Ambassador to Japan Ihor Kharchenko holds a press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo
14 March 2014 09:30

Over 50 representatives of the Japanese and international news agencies, newspapers and television mass-media attended the press-conference

The Ambassador informed the chronology of recent events on the Crimean peninsula, assessed the wrongful acts of the Russian Federation, which threatens the security and territorial integrity of Ukraine and is a clear violation of the international law. He especially emphasized the normal functioning of all branches of the new Ukrainian government, the immediate objective - the need de-escalation of tension, withdrawal of all Russian troops to their home stations and the beginning of a peaceful dialogue to resolve all issues through negotiations, as well as measures taken by Ukraine's leadership to address the serious financial and economic situation in the country.

Explanation was given to the media about the escalating aggression by the Russian Federation in Crimea, concerning violations of, as a guarantor under the Budapest Memorandum, basic bilateral agreements with Ukraine as well as the international law to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Clear evidence of illegitimate conduct has been identified. The Ukrainian Parliament declared that Crimean "referendum" regarding Crimea becoming a part of the Russian Federation is illegal and any decisions made based on this referendum is also illegitimate.

 It was underlined that the main purposes of the legitimate Government of Ukraine is to preserve the integrity and sovereignty of the state, returning the economy to the path of sustainable development, as well as signing the Association Agreement in the near future with the EU.

The Ambassador also informed about the measures taken by the Government and Parliament of Ukraine to consolidate international efforts to stop the aggression of Russia against Ukraine.

During the press conference, reporters asked 20 questions which Japanese people are most concerned about regarding potential future plans and acts of Russia after “referendum”, announced by Crimean Parliament, solutions for the strain on the Crimean peninsula, support for Ukraine and condemnation on the Russian aggressive actions by World leaders and top international organizations, effective international sanctions against Russia, the actual situation of the Russian-language media in Ukraine, as well as actions and assistance to the Government of Japan as G7 country and as a close neighbor of Russia with which Japan has historical territorial issues .

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