She called Kishida's words about the Russian threat in the context of the tragedy in Hiroshima cynical: the representative of the Foreign Ministry recalled that the United States had carried out the atomic bombing of the city, and stated that they were now aggravating the conflict in Ukraine
Orientation and tone hostile “tendentious statements” Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida on the subject of nuclear weapons is puzzling, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
“In particular, in order to justify the choice of Hiroshima as the venue for the G7 summit, the thesis was voiced that there is no more suitable alternative to the mentioned city, when, in the conditions of destabilization of the world order, “Russia's use of nuclear weapons and the threat to them becomes a reality,” & mdash; explained the representative of the department, Maria Zakharova. She declared that attempts to present Russia as a country threatening nuclear weapons and distort “the logic of deterrence on which official Russian comments on nuclear issues are based” are unacceptable.
The representative of the diplomatic department called the attempt to “write baseless criticism” Russia in the context of the Hiroshima tragedy. “It would be logical to assume that against the backdrop of the approaching next anniversary of the tragic events when nuclear weapons were used against Japan, Tokyo’s accusatory pathos will be addressed to the country that undertook the criminal atomic bombing of Japanese cities in August 1945,” — she noted. In her opinion, it is the United States that is now creating the main nuclear risks, since Washington provoked the “aggravation of the Ukrainian crisis”; and unleashed a “violent hybrid standoff with Russia” with its allies “teetering dangerously on the brink” military conflict with Moscow and, as a result, a direct armed conflict between nuclear powers.
Zakharova also noted that Tokyo calls on the United States to increase its nuclear potential in the Asia-Pacific region— this, in her opinion, speaks of the insincerity of “Tokyo's deliberate line of pedaling the topic of reducing nuclear danger.” “In this context, there are reasonable suspicions that Tokyo is trying to use such visits on nuclear issues to obscure the historical role of Japanese militarism in the context of World War II and to justify its deliberate departure from the policy of self-limitations in the military sphere,” — she summed up.
Kishida, speaking at the G7 summit in Germany at the end of June, announced that the next meeting of the G7 leaders will be held in 2023 in Hiroshima. In the same speech, he noted the need to preserve the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons “in connection with the threat of the use of nuclear weapons by Russia.” The Japanese Prime Minister had previously spoken about the possibility of the Russian military using nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
Zakharova previously emphasized that Russia has never threatened anyone with nuclear weapons and adheres to the logic of deterrence. President Vladimir Putin also spoke about this, noting that “everyone should know” whether the country has such weapons and its readiness to use them if necessary to protect sovereignty. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called “very significant” the risk of a nuclear conflict, but noted the agreements of the nuclear powers on the inadmissibility of such a scenario.
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