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Defense chiefs of Japan, Poland share view that Ukrainian crisis is “grave” 

  • February 22, 2022
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Nikkei, Yomiuri, and Sankei reported on Tuesday that Defense Minister Kishi and his Polish counterpart Błaszczak met virtually for about 80 minutes on Monday. Kishi reportedly told the press after the meeting that the two ministers “shared the view that the Ukrainian issue is a grave issue that cannot be overlooked.” Nikkei noted that Poland shares a border with Ukraine and that the United States has deployed troops there to strengthen NATO’s forces. According to the daily, the two defense chiefs confirmed that the possibility of Russia invading Ukraine is a global issue that would affect the entire international community. Kishi reportedly told Błaszczak that Japan is closely monitoring Russia’s massing of troops in Ukraine with grave concern. The paper said the two ministers also signed a memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation and exchange. 

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