Japan and the EU called on Russia "to refrain from any steps to further destabilize Ukraine and to engage instead in a diplomatic resolution of the crisis”. //
The appeal was launched at the end of 22nd EU-Japan summit between President Barroso, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe.
The deteriorating situation in Ukraine was high on the agenda 22nd EU-Japan summit.
EU and Japan confirmed their support to the Ukrainian people and their right to choose their own future. EU and Japan pursue the same objectives of stabilising the government in Kiev and ensuring the holding of free and fair presidential elections on 25 May in Ukraine.
The EU threatened further sanctions, seeking to calm growing violence that could put Ukraine's presidential elections at risk.
"Further steps in destabilising Ukraine will call for additional sanctions," Van Rompuy said in the final news conference alongside Abe. Van Rompuy told Russia to give up the "illegal annexation of Crimea and Sebastopol”.
In Ukraine peaceful solutions need to be found through active diplomatic engagement and in accordance with principles of international law.
The EU and Japan Acting together for Global Peace and Prosperity
Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Mr. José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan met in Brussels on 7 May 2014 for the 22nd Summit between the European Union (EU) and Japan, and issued the following joint statement.
p. 22. on Ukraine
We support the Ukrainian people and their right to choose their own future and remain committed to uphold the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
We strongly condemn the illegal attempt to annex Crimea by Russia and do not recognise it. We reiterate the importance of Russia's and Ukraine's engagement in a meaningful dialogue and in this regard welcome the Statement agreed in Geneva on 17 April and the concrete actions taken so far by the Ukrainian Government in this regard.
We call on Russia to take concrete action in support of the Geneva accord and to refrain from any steps to further destabilise Ukraine.
We underscore that the door remains open to a diplomatic resolution of this crisis, while prepared to take further measures as appropriate, in line with relevant G7 statements, to deal with new developments.
We stand by the Ukrainian government in its efforts to stabilise Ukraine and undertake reforms, including through assistance.
We welcome the Ukrainian government's commitment to ensure that governmental structures are inclusive and reflect regional diversity and to provide full protection of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities.
We strongly support the holding of free and fair presidential elections on 25 May in Ukraine.