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Japan expresses 'grave anxiety' over Russia's move to send troops into Ukraine

Published on Mar 3, 2014 8:49 AM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan joined the United States and other allies on Monday in ramping up the pressure on Moscow after its decision to send troops into Ukraine.

The authorisation on Saturday "for use of the armed forces of the Russian Federation in Ukraine heightens the tension in the region and would harm the peace and stability of the international community," it said.

"In this regard, Japan expresses grave anxiety and concern over the decision," it said.

"Japan strongly expects that the situation in Ukraine will be settled in a peaceful manner and strongly urges all the parties concerned to behave with maximum self-restraint and responsibility, to fully observe the relevant international laws," the foreign ministry statement said.

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