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Far Eastern Republic

Volume 154: debated on Monday 22 May 1922

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether his attention has been called to a statement made by M. Tchitcherin at the Genoa Conference on the 16th instant, in which the Russian Minister warned Japan that any attack by the latter on the Far Eastern Republic would automatically bring about a state of war with Russia; and whether, in view of the fact that such a danger will threaten so long as Japan is in occupation of Siberian territory, and in view of Japan's pledges to the Powers to withdraw from Siberia, His Majesty's Government will make friendly representations to the Allied Government of Japan to evacuate Russian territory without further delay?

My attention has been called to a reported statement of this nature. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative. His Majesty's Government rely on the fulfilment in due course of the undertakings of the Japanese Government.