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Ukraine war

Ukraine ambassador warns of energy risk to Asia if Russia attacks

Envoy to Japan says conflict 'not in China's interest' considering Belt and Road

Ukraine's ambassador to Japan, Sergiy Korsunsky, wears a mask bearing his country's flag during a news conference in Tokyo on Jan. 26.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Ukraine's ambassador to Japan warned on Wednesday that a Russian attack on his country would have ripple effects on energy security, territorial disputes and infrastructure projects in Asia.

Sergiy Korsunsky likened Russia's large military buildup on its border with Ukraine to Chinese incursions around Taiwan and Japan's Senkaku Islands. "It is not an issue of particular territory, or particular territorial claim from one country to another," Korsunsky said in a briefing at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. "It's a matter of principle that no force should be used to change the borders of other nations."

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