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 US, Japan, and Australia Vow to Oppose Russia

President Barack Obama met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Brisbane.

The leaders of the United States, Japan, and Australia lined up together against Russia on Sunday during a rare trilateral meeting held at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

The state leaders said they intend to strengthen defense cooperation. A defense alliance with Australia and Japan is the basis of the America's attempts to strengthen its influence in the Pacific region, and to be a counterweight to China.

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President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said they would oppose "Russia's purported annexation of Crimea and its actions to destabilize eastern Ukraine."

They were also committed to "bringing to justice those responsible for the downing of Flight MH17."

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The three leaders also discussed the need for the "peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in accordance with international law," an oblique reference to disputes between China and its neighbors over islands in the South China Sea.


 
 
 
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