Japan-Ukraine Relations

February 18, 2023
Two Ministers who shake hands facing straight at a camera
Two Ministers who have a talk after having a seat at a table

On February 18, commencing at 0:10 p.m. (local time; same day, 8:10 p.m. JST) for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Germany to attend the 59th Munich Security Conference, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Dmytro KULEBA, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Minister Hayashi stated that, as the G7 Presidency and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Japan will demonstrate its determination to uphold the international order based on the rule of law. Minister Hayashi mentioned the discussion at today’s G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the same day and stated that Japan will fulfill its role so that the international community including the G7 can continue strict sanctions against Russia and strong support for Ukraine.
  2. Minister Hayashi also stated that Japan has so far provided assistance worth 1.5 billion US dollars to Ukraine and its neighboring countries in humanitarian, financial, rehabilitation and reconstruction areas and referred Japan’s initiatives, such as energy and winterization support, measures for clearance of mines and unexploded ordnance, provision of broadcasting equipment.
  3. In response, Minister Kuleba expressed his deep gratitude for Japan's support.
  4. The two Ministers affirmed that it is important to enhance bilateral and international cooperation, and shared the view to continue to work closely together.

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