Ukrainian envoy to Japan says the G7 countries and the international community should bring additional pressure to bear on Russia over its annexation of Crimea.
Ambassador Ihor Kharchenko was speaking in an interview with NHK on Tuesday.
He said the situation in Crimea, which is temporarily occupied by foreign troops, is complicated and dangerous. He strongly denounced Russia, emphasizing that Crimea is part of Ukraine.
Kharchenko applauded the G7's rejection of the incorporation of Crimea into Russia and its decision not to attend the upcoming G8 summit meeting planned for June in Russia.
He said Ukraine is waiting for further steps to be taken by friends and partners, including the G7 and other formats, to help his country resolve the current situation.
Referring to Japan's promise of a 1.5-billion-dollar financial package for Ukraine, the ambassador said he appreciates Japan's firm and solid position to the annexation of part of Ukraine in disregard of international law.
He also said Ukraine hopes to continue to cooperate with Japan, politically as well as economically.