Russia Ukraine War: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will visit Ukraine on Tuesday and hold talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky. The meeting will follow the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister to India, where he held delegation-level bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in New Delhi.
Kishida’s surprise visit was the first by a Japanese leader to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK. Kishida was shown boarding a train in Przemysl, Poland, near the border with Ukraine, at around 1:30 a.m. (local time) on Tuesday. NHK reported that Kishida was expected to arrive in Ukraine later in the day and meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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Japan is the president of G-7 countries
Japan chairs the Group of Seven (G7) nations and Kishida is scheduled to chair a three-day G-7 meeting this May in Hiroshima, which was destroyed by a US atomic bomb in August 1945. According to Kyodo News, Kishida wanted to convey that Japan is committed to helping the war-torn nation. Following Russia’s invasion in February 2022, Kishida was the only G-7 leader who had not yet traveled to Ukraine.
The Japanese Prime Minister, while delivering a lecture at Sapru House in Delhi on Monday, said that Japan will expand cooperation for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine forces us to confront the most fundamental challenge to safeguarding peace.
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Russia’s attack against Ukraine was condemned
Kishida stressed the importance of leading the international community towards cooperation rather than confrontation and division. Japanese PM Said that the international community has entered an era in which cooperation and division are intricately intertwined. He condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. He said that PM Narendra Modi had also told Russian President Putin that today’s era is not of war.
“I reiterate that Japan strongly condemns Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and will never recognize it,” Kishida said. PM Modi also told President Putin that today’s era is not of war. Japan opposes any unilateral change of the status quo anywhere in the world.
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