Japan-Ukraine Relations

September 20, 2023
Two Ministers who shake hands facing each other
Two Ministers who have a talk after having a seat at a table

On September 20, commencing at 6:05 p.m. (local time; on September 21, 7:05 a.m. JST) for approximately 25 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly session, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Dmytro KULEBA, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Kamikawa has stated that she has been following the situation surrounding Russia's aggression against Ukraine with great interest and have been actively working to support Ukraine before taking office. Minister Kamikawa has also emphasized that she looks forward to working closely with Minister Kuleba to achieve a just and lasting peace in Ukraine as soon as possible. In response, Minister Kuleba has congratulated the Minister on her appointment and stated that he looked forward to working together.
  2. Minister Kamikawa has stated that she held the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting on September 18 in New York to once again send the G7's strong message and would like to work closely with Ukraine to ensure participation of many countries, especially those in the Indo-Pacific regarding the Peace Formula of President Zelenskyy. Minister Kuleba expressed appreciation for Japan’s efforts to date, including the efforts regarding the Peace Formula and the launch of bilateral consultations based on the Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine.
  3. Minister Kamikawa has condemned Russia for continuing missile and drone attacks against civilians and civilian facilities. Minister Kamikawa has stated that Japan provided more than 1,500 generators to Ukraine last year, including generators, which she took the initiative to send to Ukraine together with other colleagues of the National Diet, and will make every effort in this field, including the 2 auto transformers to be provided by the end of September. In response, Minister Kuleba has expressed his deep gratitude for Japan's support.

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