Former politician Yoshiro Mori has criticized the media’s “one-sided” view of the conflict
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has made the people of his country “suffer,” said former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. He added that the media in Japan is biased in their coverage of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
“I just don’t quite understand why [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is criticized while Mr. Zelensky is not held accountable at all. This is problematic. Mr. Zelensky made many Ukrainian people suffer,’ Mori said in a speech at a political event in Tokyo on Friday, as quoted by Kyodo News.
“The Japanese media is one-sidedly biased. It is influenced by messages from the West. I can’t help but feel that they are relying solely on European and US reports.” he added.
Mori criticized Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s stance on the conflict as “one-sided” and tends to the US.
Mori also warned that Russia could “Using Nuclear Weapons” if the situation worsens. Putin reaffirmed last month that Moscow will abide by its nuclear doctrine, which states that Russia would use its nuclear arsenal only in response to a weapons of mass destruction attack or “when the existence of the state itself is at stake.”
After holding various cabinet positions in the 1980s and 1990s, Mori served as prime minister from 2000 to 2001. He later headed the organizing committee of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, but resigned months before the event kicked off due to sexist remarks he made at a rally.
Japan, along with many Western countries, has imposed sanctions on Russia after it began its military operation in Ukraine in late February. Moscow responded by blacklisting more than 380 Japanese lawmakers and barring Kishida and other top cabinet members from entering the country.
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