Japan PM Kishida may visit Ukraine in February

22 January, 06:09 PM
Fumio Kishida (Photo:REUTERS/Julia Nikhinson)

Fumio Kishida (Photo:REUTERS/Julia Nikhinson)

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is looking into the possibility of visiting Ukraine in February and holding talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Japanese national newspaper Yomiuri reported on Jan. 22, citing sources in the Japanese government.

Kishida will make a final decision about whether to go ahead with the visit based on war developments in Ukraine, Yomiuri said.

Japan’s foreign ministry was not immediately available to comment on the report.

According to the publication, one of the world’s leading economies wants to show that it plans to continue supporting Ukraine and wants to issue a joint statement with Kyiv condemning Russian aggression.

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Speaking on television on Jan. 22, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara said the idea was something Japan had to contemplate as chair of G7 this year.

Kishida and Zelenskyy spoke on Jan. 6, with Tokyo reportedly inviting the Ukrainian leader to take part in the G7 summit remotely, which this year will be held in the Japanese city of Hiroshima on May 19-21. Japan is also preparing a comprehensive plan to support Ukraine, which will be presented "when the time comes."

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