The leaders of Japan and the European Union have confirmed they will cooperate to help bring about political and economic stability in Ukraine in line with decisions of the EU and Group of Seven nations //
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met European Council President Herman Van Rompuy in Brussels on Wednesday.
Abe is visiting Belgium to attend the 2-day G7 summit that began on Wednesday.
Van Rompuy said eastern Ukraine is still plagued by instability as Russia's intervention continues there.
He said that at a recent informal EU executive meeting, some participants called for additional sanctions against Russia if the situation in the region continues to deteriorate.
Abe said his government cannot accept Moscow's annexation of Crimea in southern Ukraine as well as its actions in eastern Ukraine, which have become a major destabilizing factor for the region.
He said Russia needs to deal with global affairs as a responsible member of the international community.
Abe said his government wants to work with the EU and G7 member nations.
He also suggested additional sanctions if the Ukrainian situation worsens because of Russia's intervention.
The leaders agreed that changing the status quo by force is intolerable.