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Japan PM Fumio Kishida to visit Ukraine, hold talks with Zelenskyy

Japanese PM is the only G7 leader who hasn't visited Ukraine yet

Fumio Kishida Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida | Reuters

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is heading to Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday. His visit comes after he met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday.

Reportedly Kishida is riding a train from Poland to Kyiv.

Kishida, who is to chair the G7 summit in May, is the only G7 leader who hasn't visited Ukraine yet.

Japan has taken the stand with other G7 nations in sanctioning Russia and supporting Ukraine over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Kishida is expected to offer continuing support for Ukraine when he meets with Zelenskyy. During the joint press interaction in India, Kishida said that the position of Japan has not softened relating to their stand against Russia.

“Russia’s invasion … shakes the very foundations of the international order and must be dealt with firmly,” he said. “I reiterate that Japan strongly condemns Russia's aggression against Ukraine and will never recognize it.”

During his meeting with PM Modi, Japanese PM expounded on his vision for Free and Open Indo Pacific (FOIP).

"I believe India and Japan are in an extremely unique position in the current International relations and further in the history of the world. India is the largest democracy in the world. I have always viewed with great respect the way such a huge and diverse country as India has developed a democracy,” he said.

Japan would also generate 75 billion dollars through public and private funds to work in the Indo-Pacific and with other countries, he added.

“Japan will expand cooperation for FOIP. Russia's aggression against Ukraine obliges us to face the most fundamental challenge defending peace," Kishida had said.

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