The United States and Japan have condemned Russia’s aggressive actions and expressed support for Ukraine in a joint statement issued after a meeting of the U.S.—Japan Security Consultative Committee in Washington on Jan. 11.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Yoshimasa Hayashi, and Minister of Defense of Japan Yasukazu Hamada took part in the meeting.
According to the statement, the United States and Japan recognize that Russia’s violation of the UN Charter and its attempts to unilaterally change borders by force, including through its ongoing aggression against Ukraine, represent a serious security threat to the European region.
“We stand together with Ukraine against President Putin’s war, which threatens the principles at the heart of the international rules-based order — including that all nations should be able to chart their own path, and have their sovereignty, their independence, their territorial integrity respected,” Blinken said at a joint press conference following the meeting.
He said there was a need for cooperation between the United States and Japan, emphasizing that “we and our people are always stronger and more secure together.”
In turn, Hayashi said that Japan and the United States were united in their condemnation of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
“On Russia, we reaffirmed our notion that aggression of Ukraine shakes the foundations of international order; condemned Russia for its reckless nuclear rhetoric and attacks against civilian infrastructure; and agreed to continue our strong support to Ukraine,” he said.
At the same time, Hayashi stressed that Japan and the United States shared their concern over the enhanced military cooperation between China and Russia.