Apr 12, 2022 9:12 p.m
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has commented on Japan’s removal of Ukraine’s Azov regiment from the list of neo-Nazi organizations. According to Zakharova, this is a sign of Russophobia in Japan.
Japan’s removal of the nationalist Ukrainian Azov regiment from the list of neo-Nazi organizations is intended to show that Tokyo is joining the ranks of Russophobic states. This was stated by the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on Tuesday.
“The way it should be understood is that as a state, Japan has unfortunately joined the anti-Russian ranks, so ranked that Japan is taking the lead in the Asian space in this regard.”
According to the Russian diplomat, Japan has abandoned independent decisions both in the field of bilateral relations with Russia and in shaping approaches to global international processes:
“I think it was part of the concept of some kind of Asian flank, but of course that all failed. Japan was left alone in this case – it took a position among Asian countries and in this region in general that is not typical of countries who can declare themselves independent. It’s right on the course Washington wants it to go.”
Zakharova also pointed out that “before, such approaches appeared from time to time, but now this principle is dominant”.
It was previously reported that the Public Security Investigation Directorate under the Japanese Ministry of Justice had removed the description of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov regiment as “founded by neo-Nazi organizations” from the 2021 Handbook on International Terrorism.
The Azov Regiment is one of several neo-Nazi paramilitary volunteer battalions fighting in the Ukraine conflict against the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, and is notorious for highly barbaric acts against both military personnel and civilians. In one of their final atrocities, they nailed a man to a cross and then burned him alive.
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