Within the Asian Week initiative, on Apr. 2, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba met Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine.
The parties stressed both nations’ intention to continue cooperation in cybersecurity and countering hybrid threats as part of a wider security dialogue.
Dmytro Kuleba highly appraised Japan’s impressive record of curbing COVID-19 and expressed interest in fruitful cooperation between the two nations in fighting the coronavirus.
“All our efforts are now mobilised to seek medical equipment and protection for medical personnel and other essentials urgently required to fight the coronavirus. By learning from other countries, we hope for the best, but are prepared for the worst”, Dmytro Kuleba said.
The parties emphasised attempts made by certain countries to exploit the pandemic for their political aim. Thus, there were calls to ease sanctions not related in any way to the COVID-19 outbreak for humanitarian reasons.
“The logic is obvious. Initial calls to ease all sanctions existing worldwide will be followed by calls to lift particular sanctions not in any way related to the pandemic. We strongly oppose the approach”, Dmytro Kuleba said.
Minister Kuleba stressed that further cooperation between Japan and Ukraine will be one of his key priorities. He thanked Japan for its firm support of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, economic assistance it provides to support reform and help rebuild eastern Ukraine.
In 2019, trade of goods between Ukraine and Japan increased by 25.1% compared with 2018 and reached US$1,212,680,000. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Japan has provided US$3.2 bn to Ukraine in soft loans, grants and technical assistance. Thus, a Japanese preferential loan financed the renovation of Terminal D at Boryspil International Airport.
On Oct.21-24, 2019, President Zelensky of Ukraine and his spouse visited Japan to take part in the official enthronement of Emperor Naruhito of Japan and met Japanese Prime Minister Abe Sindzo.