The foreign ministers of Japan and Kazakhstan discussed how to react to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa visited the former Soviet republic and met his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tileuberdi on Friday.
Hayashi said the Russian invasion is a clear violation of international law, creating a serious situation that can undermine the foundations of the international order.
He stressed the need for the international community to work in coordination to respond to the situation.
Tileuberdi said Kazakhstan would make diplomatic efforts and seek a peaceful solution based on the principles of the UN Charter.
He briefed Hayashi on Kazakhstan’s recent communications with Ukraine and Russia at presidential and foreign minister levels.
The two ministers affirmed their cooperation on the Ukrainian crisis and other global issues.
Prior to his meeting with Tileuberdi, Hayashi met with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. They exchanged views on the situation in East Asia.
The two men agreed to cooperate in responding to North Korea over its development of missiles and nuclear weapons, as well as the issue of abductions of Japanese citizens.