Japan and NATO agree to step up cooperation

Baku, June 8, AZERTAC

The chief of NATO's military committee and the top officer of Japan's Self-Defense Forces have discussed the Ukrainian situation and agreed to step up cooperation, according to NHK World-Japan.

Admiral Rob Bauer of NATO and the SDF's chief of Joint Staff, General Yamazaki Koji, met in Tokyo on Tuesday. Bauer is on a two-day visit to Japan.

Bauer responded that cooperation among free democratic nations is needed to defend order based on international rules. He added that Japan is a very important partner for NATO.

They exchanged opinions on the situations in Ukraine and the Indo-Pacific region, where China is stepping up maritime activities.

Bauer stressed that it is important to firmly maintain international order based on rules nurtured over 70 years after the two world wars.

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