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Japan non-committal about Russia’s G20 membership

Russia's aggression against Ukraine is an attempt to change the status quo unilaterally by force, and this is an act that shakes the very fabric of the international order, said foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.
Russia's aggression against Ukraine is an attempt to change the status quo unilaterally by force, and this is an act that shakes the very fabric of the international order, said foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.
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31 Mar 2022 04:03:41 GMT9
31 Mar 2022 04:03:41 GMT9

Khaldon Azhari

TOKYO: Japan will discuss with G20 members the future of Russia’s membership in the group, factoring in the Ukrainian developments before making an appropriate decision, foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said.

Hayashi was replying to a question from Arab News Japan at a press conference about whether or not Tokyo supports the call by American president Joe Biden to remove Russia from the world’s biggest economies bloc, G20.

Biden said that if Indonesia, the current president of the G20, and other members do not agree to expel Russia, Ukraine should be allowed to attend meetings.

In his answer, the Japanese foreign minister tried to make the case that Russia doesn’t deserve its membership.

“Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is an attempt to change the status quo unilaterally by force, and this is an act that shakes the very fabric of the international order,” he said. “This is a clear breach of international law, and to protect the very foundation of the international order, we would like to work in solidarity with the international community to take resolute actions.”

Indonesian President Joko Widodo was cautious toward Biden’s call to remove Russia from the G-20. According to reports, Indonesia has already invited Russian President Putin to the Bali summit, and the Russian foreign minister reportedly said he plans to attend the Bali summit.

Expelling a member from the G20 would require a consensus among all members. China indicated its support to invite Russia when the Chinese foreign ministry called Russia “an important member of the group,” adding that “no member has the right to strip another country of its membership.”

Indian diplomatic sources in Tokyo told Arab News Japan that it is questionable if Biden’s remarks “are a serious enough suggestion.”

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