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Russia to react if Japan repeals pacifist article of its Constitution

Moscow, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Russia will take countermeasures if Japan repeals Article 9 of its Constitution, which provides for the renunciation of the Armed Forces, Lyudmila Vorobieva, director of the Third Asian Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Thursday.

Such a development poses additional threats to Russia’s security; in response, we will be forced to take countermeasures to strengthen our national defense capabilities, Vorobieva told Sputnik. The diplomat noted that despite the Constitution being an internal matter of each country, Japan should be aware that renouncing “war as a sovereign right of the nation and using force to settle international disputes” will have foreign policy consequences.

Vorobieva said that rejecting this pacifist stance will lead to new security challenges, increase tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, and stimulate a new arms race.