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Stoltenberg called for strengthening NATO ties with Japan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called for stronger ties with Japan as Russia’s war in Ukraine increases global risks and shows that democracies need stronger partnerships.

Japan has rushed to join US-led economic sanctions against Moscow over Russia’s war in Ukraine and has provided Kiev with humanitarian aid and non-combat defense equipment.

Recently, Japan has also greatly intensified its ties with NATO.

“The war in Ukraine has also demonstrated that our security is tightly interconnected,” Stoltenberg said during a visit to Iruma Air Base north of Tokyo.

“If President Vladimir Putin wins in Ukraine, it will be a tragedy for Ukrainians, but it will also send a very dangerous signal to authoritarian leaders around the world, because the bottom line will be that, using military force, they will be able to achieve their goals,” he said. “So the war in Ukraine concerns us all.”

Stoltenberg said his visit to Japan “is a way to further strengthen the partnership between NATO and our very valued partner, Japan.”

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