Japan to impose sanctions on Russia for Crimea move

TOKYO Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:14pm EDT

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will suspend talks on investment pact and relaxation of visa requirements as part of sanctions against Russia after Moscow recognized Crimea as a sovereign state, top government spokesman said on Tuesday.

"Japanese government does not recognize a referendum in Crimea," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, adding that the referendum had no legal force as it was in breach of Ukraine's constitution.

"The recognition of Crimean independence by Russia violates Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and is regrettable," he told a regular news conference.

The Crimean parliament on Monday formally asked that Russia "admit the Republic of Crimea as a new subject with the status of a republic.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will on Tuesday address a special joint session of Russia's State Duma, or parliament, which could take a decision on annexation of the majority ethnic-Russian region.

(Reporting by Antoni Slodkowski)

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ccharles wrote:
Wow, all of you are going to jump on the band wagon. What was the legal way to go about this? Yeah they went that way. The USA needs to learn its not only the way they want it. The american people dont want this. Its like the syrian peace talks that only has one point, removing Assad, not to agree to that there is no peace talks. To freaking funny. The NGO thought they won and they got beat. Good chess game.

Mar 17, 2014 10:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
A realistically pending Iran-Israel war might soon be about to make the Crimea problem look mild.
Here’s why:
HAARETZ –” Israeli Defense minister says the United States has projected weakness the world over, from China through the Mideast to Ukraine.
“Based on his evaluation that the United States isn’t going to do anything to frustrate the Iranian nuclear program, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday he’s changed his mind and now leans toward supporting unilateral Israeli action against Iran.”

Mar 17, 2014 12:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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