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5/23, 6:16 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US and Japan 'holding Putin accountable' - Biden

United States President Joe Biden told his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in a meeting on Monday that Washington and Tokyo are "holding (Russian President Vladimir) Putin accountable and standing up for democratic values", on the subject of Moscow's ongoing military operations in Ukraine.

"The US-Japan alliance has long been the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, and the United States remains fully committed to Japan's defense," Biden also noted at the beginning of the talks.

On his part, Kishida told the American President that the US-Japan cooperation has to achieve "a free and open Indo-Pacific" if it intends to serve as a stabilizing factor amid the escalating regional tensions with Beijing and Moscow.

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