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Ukraine war

On Ukraine, Japan's Kishida urges Putin toward diplomatic solution

Prime minister expresses 'grave concern' as U.S. warns of Russian invasion in days

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a 25-minute phone conversation about the Ukraine situation on Thursday. (Source photo by Reuters)

TOKYO -- Japan is watching the situation around Ukraine with "grave concern" about the possibility of a Russian invasion, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

In a phone call, Kishida urged Putin to "pursue a solution through diplomatic negotiations that all countries involved can accept," rather than "change the status quo through force," the prime minister told reporters afterward.

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