Japan is that this 12 months’s host of the Group of Seven nations, which have taken a united strategy in sanctioning Russia.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy throughout a shock go to to Kiev on Tuesday to supply “solidarity and unwavering help,” Japan’s international ministry stated.
Kishida was in India on Monday and had been anticipated to return to Tokyo, however as a substitute flew to Poland, the place he reportedly boarded a practice to cross into Ukraine.
He’ll categorical “respect for the braveness and perseverance of the Ukrainian individuals” and supply “the solidarity and unwavering help for Ukraine of Japan and the G7, chaired by Japan,” the international ministry stated.
Kishida is predicted to return to Poland for summit talks on Wednesday, the international ministry stated, earlier than arriving again in Tokyo on Thursday.
Information of the journey was first reported by Japanese media, together with nationwide broadcaster NHK, whose reporters in Poland filmed a automobile carrying the premier within the city of Przemysl, from the place international leaders have usually taken the practice into Ukraine.
Kishida grew to become the one G7 chief to not have visited Kiev after US President Joe Biden made a shock cease to fulfill Zelenskyy in February.
However Japanese officers have been reportedly fearful in regards to the safety dangers of a visit for Kishida, who turns into the primary Japanese prime minister to go to an energetic warzone since World Battle II.
His journey comes with Chinese language President Xi Jinping visiting Moscow for talks with Russian chief Vladimir Putin, with the Ukraine battle excessive on the agenda.
Japan has joined Western allies in sanctioning Russia over its offensive in Ukraine, whereas providing help to Kiev.
It has additionally taken the uncommon steps of sending defensive gear and providing refuge to these fleeing the battle.
It has not provided army help, nevertheless, as a result of the nation’s post-war structure limits its army capability to ostensibly defensive measures.
Kishida warned in a speech final 12 months that “Ukraine at present could also be East Asia tomorrow”, as issues develop that China might invade democratic, self-ruled Taiwan.
And in December, as Japan overhauled its key defence insurance policies, the federal government explicitly warned that China poses the “best strategic problem ever” to its safety.
In its largest defence shake-up in a long time, Japan set a aim of doubling defence spending to the NATO customary of two % of GDP by 2027.
The international locations will meet for a summit in Hiroshima in Might, which Kishida is reportedly contemplating inviting Zelenskyy to attend.
Kishida has been on a diplomatic blitz in latest days, internet hosting South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Tokyo earlier than heading to New Delhi for talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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