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Japan's Foreign Minister Criticizes Russia for "Violating Sovereignty and Violating International Law"

Yoshimasa Hayashi condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's signing of a presidential decree recognizing the independence of pro-Russian regions in eastern Ukraine at a post-cabinet press conference on the morning of March 22. He said, "This is a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and a violation of international law. It will never be recognized," he said.

Nihon Keizai Shimbun