KYIV (QHA) -

Japan considers the elections on March 18 in the Crimea occupied by Russia invalid, according to the statement published on the website of the Japanese embassy in Ukraine.

"Japan supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and does not recognize attempts to change the status quo by force," the statement said.

The embassy stressed that Japan does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014.

Previously, France stated that it does not recognize the results of the vote in the presidential elections in Russia in the annexed Crimea. Paris continues to insist on full restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders.
Canada also stated it does not recognize the election of the Russian president in the Crimea and condemned their conduct on the annexed territory of Ukraine. On the same day, Germany announced that it would not recognize the results of the voting on March 18.

The same statement was made by Slovakia, saying it does not recognize the election of the Russian president in the occupied Crimea and insists on full implementation of the Minsk agreements, which are a prerequisite for the revision of sanctions against the Russian Federation.

QHA