China News Network, March 3 Comprehensive foreign media reported that on the 22st local time, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrived in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, to meet with Ukrainian President Zelensky and hold a joint press conference. Kishida reiterated Japan's support for Ukraine and announced that Japan would provide $21 million through NATO's fund to help Ukraine purchase non-lethal equipment.
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met in Kiev on March 3.
According to Japan's Kyodo News Agency, this is Kishida's first visit to Ukraine since the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis. To ensure safety, the trip was not announced in advance. Kishida changed his plans to return home from India, where he visited, and changed planes and trains to Ukraine via Poland. According to the plan, Kishida will return to Poland on the 22nd and hold summit talks, and return to Japan on the 23rd.
At a joint press conference with Zelensky, Kishida reiterated Japan's support for Ukraine and announced that Japan would provide $3000 million through NATO's fund to help Ukraine purchase non-lethal equipment.
The picture shows Kishida and Zelensky holding a joint press conference.
AFP said that Zelensky spoke about Kishida's visit in an evening speech on the 21st, saying that they held "fruitful talks." Zelensky also said that he understood Japan's will "to cooperate with us and more actively mobilize to maintain the international order."
Japan holds the rotating presidency of the Group of Seven (G7) this year, and the G7 summit will be held in Hiroshima in May, the analysis said. Including US President Biden, G5 leaders except Japan have visited Kiev before, so Kishida also strives to visit Ukraine before the G7 summit.
In addition, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi also revealed on a TV program a few days ago that the G7 summit intends to include the situation in Ukraine and the "shaky international order" on the agenda. To this end, Japan is also coordinating the invitation of Zelensky to the summit.