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Japan's Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa arrives in Ukraine

7 January, 2024 Sunday
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On the morning of Sunday, January 7, Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa has arrived in the Ukrainian capital on an unannounced visit. During a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, she said that Japan would contribute $37 million to a NATO trust fund for drone detection systems in Ukraine

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The Embassy of Japan in Ukraine reported the information.

It noted that this is Kamikawa's first foreign visit in 2024.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa arrives in Ukraine

Photo: Embassy of Japan in Ukraine

During her visit, the Japanese Foreign Minister has already visited Irpin and the Irpin Bridge.

"Yoko visited Irpin, the city that was the front line of the offensive on the capital. She also visited the Irpin Bridge, which Ukraine was forced to blow up for defense purposes. Japan will continue to support Ukraine to restore peace," the Japanese Embassy in Ukraine said.

Yoko Kamikawa also visited the memorial to the victims of the Russian occupation in Bucha.

According to Kyodo News, the Japanese minister plans to hold talks with government officials, including Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. The Japanese Foreign Ministry said that Kamikawa plans to promise to continue supporting Ukraine amid the war with Russia.

"During her visit, she will stress the importance of upholding the international order based on the rule of law from the standpoint of not tolerating any attempts to change the status quo by force," the Japanese ministry said.

Yoko Kamikawa is visiting Ukraine for the first time since taking office in September. Her visit comes on the eve of a conference that Ukraine and Japan will hold in Tokyo on February 19 to discuss Ukraine's recovery from the war.

During a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv, Kamikawa said that Japan had decided to contribute $37 million to the NATO trust fund for unmanned aerial vehicle detection systems in Ukraine. This was reported by Ukrinform.

The head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry stressed that, in particular, to help Ukrainians survive the harsh winter, five mobile gas turbine generators and seven transformers were delivered to Ukraine with the help of Japan.

"Today I will take part in the ceremony of handing over this equipment," Kamikawa said.

  • Kamikawa's predecessor, Yoshimasa Hayashi, visited Kyiv in September 2023. At that time, he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
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