Japan does not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia and does not consider the so-called election of the president of Russia in the peninsula as legitimate. It is claimed in the statement of the Embassy of Japan to Ukraine.
'Japan does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014, consequently, it does not consider the holding of the so-called election of the president of Russia in Crimea on March 18, 2018, as valid', the message said.
At the same time, Tokyo supports territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and does not recognize attempts to change status quo through the use of force.
The current President Putin beat a record of the support, receiving 56.2 million of votes or 76.65 percent of votes, with 99% ballots processed.
President Poroshenko claimed that the holding of the election in annexed Crimea is another rude violation of international law by Russia. He also urged the world community to extend the sanctions against Russia.