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Polish, Japanese FMs condemn Russia’s war on Ukraine

Polish FM Zbigniew Rau and his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi have called for dialogue in solving the Russia-Ukraine conflict and condemned Russia’s actions as “a grave violation of international law”.

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“We regret that Russia has chosen the path of aggression and war instead of dialogue and diplomacy,” FM Rau said at a press conference after a meeting with FM Hayashi, in Warsaw on Monday.

“We both want to support Ukraine during this difficult time,” Mr Rau added.

Yoshimasa Hayashi called the massacres of civilians in Bucha and other places near Kyiv, as revealed by the Ukrainian authorities after the Russians withdrew from the area, “a violation of international humanitarian law.”

“I have told the minister that I am deeply appalled by reports of extremely brutal acts of violence against the civilian population in the vicinity of Kyiv,” FM Hayashi said.

“We believe that the Russian assault is a grave violation of international law and an attempt at the unilateral change of the status quo through the use of force,” the Japanese official added.

Mr Hayashi went on to say his country cannot pretend that “the whole situation does not affect Japan.”

“We want to cooperate with Poland, our strategic partner, to protect the free and open order in the world, with sanctions against Russia being an element of those activities,” the Japanese FM stated.

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