Johnson cancels visit to Japan over Ukraine

London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called off his first official visit to Japan, scheduled for mid-February, over escalating tensions around Ukraine, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources. Tokyo and London were making preparations for Johnson’s trip to Japan, however, the UK suggested that the visit should be canceled, several sources specified to the news agency. On Saturday, Japanese media reported that during the visit, Johnson was planning to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to discuss steps to tackle the pandemic and measures to create a carbon-free society, as well as the Ukrainian crisis. The meeting would be the second one after the officials’ private talks at the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference in November 2021. On Tuesday, UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss said that she was going to pay a visit to Ukraine in the coming days and added that London is cooperating with its allies to impose coordinated sanctions against Russia in the event of further escalation around Ukraine. Western countries have accused Russia of preparing an “invasion” of Ukraine, citing buildup of troops at the border. Moscow has dismissed the allegation, saying that it has the right to move its troops within its sovereign territory and that it is not planning to attack any country. UNI/SPUTNIK RNJ


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