Japan-Germany Relations

February 22, 2022

On February 22, commencing at 6:02 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. The overview of the talk is as follows.

  1. The two leaders shared the view to work closely together as the G7 Presidency this year and next, in the midst of the critical situation in Ukraine.
  2. With regard to the situation around Ukraine, the two leaders shared the view that Russia's actions, including the signing of the Presidential Decree recognizing the "independence" of the "Donetsk People's Republic" and the "Luhansk People's Republic" on February 21, constitute an infringement of the Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and are in violation of international law. The two leaders concurred that those actions were totally unacceptable and strongly condemned those actions. The two leaders shared the view to continue to monitor the development in the situation with serious concern, and to further work closely together.
  3. Chancellor Scholz expressed his gratitude for the Japanese government's support in supplying LNG to Europe.
  4. The two leaders also confirmed that they will continue to work closely together at the G7 Leaders' Teleconference scheduled for February 24 and at the G7 Summit in June in Elmau.

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