Condemning Russia's annexation of Crimea a violation of international law, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday stressed the ongoing issue in Ukraine is not only a problem within Europe, but also a global issue that could affect Asia.
Speaking at a press conference in The Hague where the two-day Nuclear Security Summit was held, Abe said, "For Japan and also Southeast Asian nations, the situation in Ukraine cannot be considered merely as someone else's problem."
Although he did not name any country, Abe's remarks are clearly seen bearing in mind China, which has recently been getting more assertive in the East China Sea and the waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture.
"This time, at the Group of Seven meeting here, we exchanged candid opinions about the Ukraine issue and reaffirmed the importance of respecting the international law. It was significant and timely that we were able to deliver the message to the world," Abe added.
Abe, however, emphasised the crisis should be resolved peacefully through dialogue, saying, "The door to such an option remains open to Russia."