National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with Akiba Takeo, Secretary General of Japan’s National Security Secretariat, to discuss the ongoing situation in Russia and Ukraine. Sullivan reviewed recent developments on the ground, and noted that Russian forces remain postured to attack Ukraine at any time. The two discussed ongoing diplomatic efforts by the international community and Sullivan reiterated President Biden’s statement that the door remains open to diplomacy. Sullivan thanked Secretary General Akiba for Japan’s recent decision to divert some Liquefied Natural Gas supplies to Europe, and he underscored the importance of a strong international response to any further Russian aggression against Ukraine. Secretary General Akiba emphasized that Japan is committed to closely coordinating with the United States and the G-7 in response to further Russian aggression against Ukraine.