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Japanese envoy in Moscow at odds with counterpart in Kiev over Crimea election

  • September 29, 2016
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Thursday evening’s Mainichi wrote from Moscow that Japanese Ambassador to Russia Kozuki on Wednesday dismissed a statement released on Sept. 23 by the Japanese Embassy in Ukraine regarding the Duma election held in Crimea in mid-September. The statement said that “the validity and results of the poll cannot be accepted.” The Moscow-based Japanese diplomat said: ” The statement was released by the ambassador in Ukraine. It does not represent the view of the Japanese government.… The character of the statement reflects the fact that it was not issued either by the Japanese Embassy in Moscow or the Japanese Foreign Ministry.” Kozuki’s remark was interpreted as paying consideration to the Putin administration ahead of the Russian leader’s visit to Japan in December.     

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