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Japanese PM met with Biden and pledged strong support for Ukraine

Apr 11, 2024

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that official Tokyo sees the situation in Ukraine as its own problem and is ready to extend tough sanctions against Russia.

This is reported with reference to his joint press conference with US President Joe Biden at the White House on Wednesday, April 10.

"Regarding Russia's aggression against Ukraine, based on the recognition that today's situation in Ukraine could be repeated tomorrow in East Asia, and if we take this issue as our own problem for Japan, I expressed my determination to continue strict sanctions against Russia, as well as unwavering support for Ukraine," Kishida said.

He also expressed his readiness to maintain close partnership with countries that share common approaches on this issue.

For his part, US President Joe Biden emphasized the personal role of the Japanese Prime Minister, who from the very beginning condemned Russia's invasion and took steps to support Ukraine.

In early April, Ukraine received $118 million in non-refundable aid from the Japanese government.

Because of the situation in Ukraine, the Japanese government has banned exports to Russia of a number of goods that help strengthen its industrial base.

Recently, Fumio Kishida said that events in the international arena are pushing the world and Japan to take decisive and unexpected actions. In particular, Tokyo has decided to fundamentally strengthen its defense capabilities.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 11/04/2024

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