The Japanese PM said that Russia’s actions in Ukraine are ‘shaking the very essence of the international order’
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sits his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida during a signing of agreements in New Delhi, Saturday, March 19, 2022 © AP / Manish Swarup
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in New Delhi on Saturday, where the two leaders discussed bilateral affairs and international security, as India continues to resist pressure to openly condemn Russia for its military actions in Ukraine.
“We exchanged views at length in a small group today in an in depth manner on the situation in Ukraine,” Kishida said at a joint press conference with Modi. “The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a grave incident shaking the very essence of the international order. We must respond in a firm and resolute manner.”
“We confirmed any unilateral change to the status quo by force cannot be forgiven in any region, and it is necessary to seek peaceful resolutions of disputes based on international law,” Kishida added, standing beside Modi.
However, Modi refrained from addressing the Ukraine crisis directly, only saying that “geopolitical events are posing new challenges.” He instead spoke about further strengthening India-Japan partnership to “encourage peace, prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and on the global level.”
A joint statement issued after the talks voiced “serious concern about the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis” in Ukraine, and urged an “immediate cessation of violence,” without censuring Russia.