Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Yurievich Galuzin and other officials visit Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan
Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Yurievich Galuzin and other officials visit Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 4, 2022, ahead of the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city on August 6, 2022. Mandatory credit Kyodo via REUTERS Photo: Reuters/KYODO
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Russia's ambassador to Japan pays respects at Hiroshima

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By Elaine Lies

Russia's ambassador to Japan paid his respects at a memorial in Hiroshima on Thursday saying he wanted to highlight Russia's efforts to reduce nuclear arms and criticising a decision not to invite him to a commemoration on Saturday, media reported.

Hiroshima became the first city to suffer an atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, and it holds a remembrance ceremony every year on the anniversary of the U.S. attack that killed more than 140,000 people by the end of that year, regularly inviting ambassadors from some 100 countries to take part.

But this year, Russia was not invited because of its invasion of Ukraine, a city official said.

Russia's ambassador to Japan, Mikhail Galuzin, accompanied by some 20 embassy staff, offered flowers at a memorial stone in the city's Peace Park, the Asahi Shimbun daily reported.

"I came to show Russia's positive attitude towards the reduction of nuclear arms," he was quoted as saying, adding that the absence of an invitation to Saturday's ceremony "ignored this".

Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, and shortly after, Russian President Vladimir Putin obliquely raised the possibility of a nuclear strike.

"We have no intention of using them. This was not referred to either directly or indirectly," Galuzin was quoted as saying, adding that the United States was trying to distract world opinion from "its own irresponsible policies".

The Hiroshima city official was unable to confirm Galuzin's visit. The Russian embassy did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Russia's ambassador has attended the ceremony some years and stayed away on others, just like the ambassadors of other countries, the city official said.

U.S. ambassador Rahm Emanuel will attend the Hiroshima ceremony, the U.S. embassy said this week, as well as one at Nagasaki, which suffered an atomic bombing by the U.S. military on Aug. 9, 1945.

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One might not think about what happened almost a hundred years ago. One should think about what is happening now.

7 ( +18 / -11 )

He said it with a straight face!? Maybe he meant he supports their reduction in other countries. Anyways, it's a good trolling.

"I came to show Russia's positive attitude towards the reduction of nuclear arms," he was quoted as saying, adding that the absence of an invitation to Saturday's ceremony "ignored this".

6 ( +19 / -13 )

Is he ... wearing one of those idiotic transparent chin spoilers? Does he deem himself too pretty to wear a proper mask, or does he try to mock everyone around him?

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

This is the same country who has openly threatened to use nuclear weapons several times this year

7 ( +22 / -15 )

How about paying respects to the tens of thousands of innocent Ukrainians - many of them children - that have been murdered by your fascist government so far this year?

SIck, fascist hypocrite.

8 ( +27 / -19 )

One might not think about what happened almost a hundred years ago. One should think about what is happening now.

Yes, fighting the nazis again.

-17 ( +7 / -24 )

He should beg to visit Kiev to lay flowers for the Ukrainians murdered by Putin's invasion.

I would not want him in my country laying flowers for the dead when his nation is killing so many on a daily basis for territorial expansion. A bit sickening to be honest.

11 ( +24 / -13 )

Just a PR stunt, trying to look so good.

Go to Ukraine, lay your flowers there for those who were butchered by your countrymen!

8 ( +21 / -13 )

If Ambassador Galuzin is a sincere, honest and good man, then Putin will definitely purge him.

1 ( +12 / -11 )

The Russians are 嘘うそ泣き(faking crying), see how they killing innocent Ukrainians with nuclear weapons !.

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

Forget about whatever cockamamie bull he spouted. Has anyone checked to make sure nothing valuable is “missing”?

6 ( +14 / -8 )

Thanks to the Russian ambassador for paying respects to the victims of this breathtakingly shocking war crime.

-8 ( +11 / -19 )

Forget about whatever cockamamie bull he spouted. Has anyone checked to make sure nothing valuable is “missing”

Brings back memories

I lived over the hill from a shipping port in new Zealand

Back in the 80s when I was a lad all the Russian ship crew with their stinky fake leather jackets and silver teeth were notorious thieves

The ship owners used to ask us to keep an eye on them if we were in the countdown supermarket or a dairy

They are all super dodgy characters (nothing has changed actually..)

5 ( +13 / -8 )

Very Smart ambassador and staff, who ever made the decision NOT to invite him must have felt as little as his decision, you can't promote peace when you shut the doors in its face.

-4 ( +8 / -12 )

We should always remember the innocent people killed in Hiroshima

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Shame to Japan & respect to Mr Galuzin.

-19 ( +6 / -25 )

My question is....

What the heck is he still doing in the country?

Kick him OUT!

16 ( +20 / -4 )

mz16Today  07:46 pm JST

Shame to Japan & respect to Mr Galuzin.

No shame to Japan at all. Japan is not killing civilians daily.

Shame on Russia and itls represetative Galuzin.

10 ( +17 / -7 )

Thanks Russia...

SIck, fascist hypocrite.

Lol!!..

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Why am I not surprised that JT's moderators eliminated my comment (first, by the way) but which many others have expressed?

Pretty sick moderators.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Posters should not complain about Mikhaïl Galuzin’s presence many of the posters here saying that they are the true believers of democracy, there is no reasons for some of you here to complain and put your negative vibe on break, for today.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

We must always remember the 150 000 innocent people of Hiroshima who could be with us!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

SIck, fascist hypocrite."

The guy is a diplomat , not a military bigwig involved in making decisions about the Ukraine invasion. Calm down.

Forget about whatever cockamamie bull he spouted. Has anyone checked to make sure nothing valuable is “missing”?

Classy comment....if you,d watched his interviews on NHK in flawless Japanese you,d know he is a highly intelligent individual. Certainly more so than all JT commenters , you and me included.

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