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TOKYO: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accused Russia of committing an “unforgivable act…and a serious challenge to the international order” by invading Ukraine.
But Abe stopped short of directly mentioning the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin in his condemnation.
Abe made the remarks at a meeting held at the ruling Liberal Democratic Party headquarters on February 24, local media reported.
During nearly eight years of his administration, Abe held 27 bilateral meetings with Putin aimed at negotiating a solution for the territorial dispute over the Northern Territories issue, small four islands held by Russia and claimed by Japan.
Abe and Putin built a relationship of trust calling each other by their first names.