Medvedev says Japanese PM should disembowel himself

January 14, 2010 Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accused Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of shameful subservience to the United States on Saturday and suggested he should ritually remove himself.

It was the latest in a string of shocking and provocative statements by Medvedev, once seen as a Western-leaning reformer but reinventing himself as an arch-hawk after Russia invaded Ukraine last year.

At a news conference in Washington on Saturday with US President Joe Biden, a day after Friday, Kishida did not address Medvedev’s comments and was not asked about it.

Japanese officials traveling with Kishida did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and no one in Japan at the prime minister’s official residence or the foreign ministry was immediately available to comment on the comments.

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Medvedev is a prominent ally of President Vladimir Putin and serves as vice chairman of Russia’s Security Council and the body that oversees the defense industry.

Responding to the meeting between Kishida and Biden on Friday, the two leaders issued a joint statement: “We state unequivocally that any nuclear weapon Russia uses in Ukraine is hateful and unjust against humanity.” By any means.”

On Saturday, Kishida said the G7 summit of major industrialized nations in Hiroshima in May must show a strong will to uphold international order and the rule of law after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Medvedev said the nuclear declaration shows “paranoia” towards Russia and “betrays the memory of the hundreds of thousands of Japanese people who were burned by nuclear fire in Hiroshima and Nagasaki” – a reference to the atomic bombs the United States dropped on Japan. He surrendered at the end of World War II.

Instead of demanding America’s repentance for this, Kishida showed himself to be “only a servant of the Americans.”

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After Kishida’s return, at a cabinet meeting in Japan, he could wash away such shame only by committing seppuku – self-immolation in the stomach, also known as hara-kiri.

After Russia invaded Ukraine, Medvedev repeatedly warned that Western involvement in the crisis could lead to nuclear war, calling Ukrainians “cockroaches” and saying Kyiv was clearly committing genocide.

Putin says the threat of nuclear war is growing, but says Russia is “not crazy” and considers its own nuclear weapons only defensive.

(Reporting by Frances Carey and Diane Croft. Editing by Reuters.)

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