Lavrov expressed his condolences after the assassination attempt on former Japanese Prime Minister Abe

Shinzo Abe (left) and Sergey Lavrov (center) in 2019

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, answering journalists' questions following the meeting of the G20 Foreign Ministers, expressed his condolences in connection with the assassination attempt on the former Prime Minister Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, TASS reported.

“I don’t know what is behind this assassination. I learned about this during the G20 meeting. I was, in general, the first to start my speech by expressing condolences to my Japanese colleague in connection with what had happened. There will probably be an investigation. I have nothing more to add»,— said the minister.


Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin also expressed condolences on behalf of the Russian diplomatic mission, his statement was published on Twitter.

“We pray for the health of the former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe. We resolutely condemn the barbaric attempt on his life,»,— wrote a diplomat.

The attempt on the life of the former Prime Minister of Japan on the morning of July 8 was carried out, according to the Nihon TV channel, by a former employee of the country's maritime self-defense forces, Tetsuya Yamagami. According to local media and police, the former soldier fired several shots at Abe with a pistol when he was making a speech as part of the election campaign for the upper house of parliament. The detainee said that he was dissatisfied with Abe's policy and that's why he himself was going to kill him.

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida confirmed to the media that Abe is in critical condition. Data on the injuries of the ex-premier differ. A representative of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, which was previously headed by Abe, said that the politician was shot in the chest. The Nikkei wrote that the shot was fired from a shotgun in the back, but the Nara Prefectural Police specified that it was a pistol shot. According to Nippon TV, Abe received a gunshot wound to the right neck, after which he developed subcutaneous bleeding in his left chest. The ex-premier was taken to Nara Prefectural University Hospital by helicopter.

Abe's heart and lungs went into cardiac arrest, according to the fire department.

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