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The leaders of Australia, the United States, Japan, and India, have vowed to work against any escalation or flow-on effect from the Russian invasion of Ukraine into the Indo-Pacific region. The brief statements were released following a snap virtual meeting held on the early morning of March 4 Australian EST, which was attended by U.S. President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japan’s Fumio Kishida, and Australia’s Scott Morrison. While the leaders pledged to establish a new humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mechanism for the Indo-Pacific, India’s close relationship with Russia likely contributed to the lack of a joint position on the events in Ukraine. Australia’s Morrison released a statement outlining his government’s position on Russia’s actions. “Russia’s actions are a gross violation of international law and the United Nations’ Charter. There is no justification for Russia’s aggression, which is illegal, unjustified, and unprovoked,” he said. “We cannot allow …