Japan has decided to co-sponsor a resolution proposed by Liechtenstein to seek accountability of veto-wielding countries in the U.N. Security Council after Russia exercised the right to block a motion against its invasion of Ukraine, the government said Thursday.

The resolution that mandates a U.N. General Assembly meeting whenever a veto is cast in the Security Council has gained support from dozens of nations including the United States, Japan's ally and a permanent member of the council. Other permanent members are Britain, China and France.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses the U.N. Security Council via video on April 5, 2022 in New York. (Getty/Kyodo)

In February, Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have demanded Moscow immediately stop its attack on Ukraine and withdraw all troops.

"The government believes permanent members should have utmost self-restraint in exercising veto rights in general, and from this standpoint, our country has decided to co-sponsor the resolution, as instructed by Prime Minister (Fumio) Kishida," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno at a regular press conference.

"We will continue to follow moves toward the adoption of the resolution with interest," he added.

The Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations said in a Twitter post on Wednesday that the co-sponsors will formally present the draft resolution to member states next week.

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