Japan and South Korea may supply weapons to Ukraine in the future, says Foreign Minister Kuleba

3 February, 03:02 PM
Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:@DmytroKuleba / Twitter)

Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:@DmytroKuleba / Twitter)

Japan and South Korea’s position on the supply of weapons to Ukraine may change in the future, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with BBC Ukraine on Feb. 3.

South Korea “somewhat unexpectedly turned out to be the most difficult case,” he said.

“But we are extremely positive, Korea’s role is becoming increasingly constructive.”

Kuleba also noted that Japan does not provide weapons because of its history – its defeat in World War II and legislation that followed that prohibits the transfer of weapons.

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“We would very much like Japan to transfer weapons to us, they have a lot of what we need, in particular, air defense,” Kuleba said.

“But there are examples of countries in Europe that adjusted their legislation in or-der to be able to supply us with weapons after Feb. 24, 2022 (...) I am convinced that everything is possible, as long as there’s the political will of the country’s elites to make this decision.”

Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on South Korea to increase military support for Ukraine.

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