Kishida: Japan guarantees to ‘lead the world’ in combating Russian aggression with $5.5 billion in Ukraine assist


Japan pledged $5.5 billion in humanitarian assist to Ukraine on Monday, practically quadrupling the sum of money Tokyo has promised to Kyiv since Russia invaded its neighbor practically a 12 months in the past.

“Japan is in a position to lead the world’s efforts to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression and to uphold a free and open international order based on the rule of law,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated Monday.

Tokyo had beforehand pledged to ship Kyiv $600 million in monetary help and $700 million value of humanitarian assist together with medical provides and meals help. It additionally joined Western allies in imposing strict sanctions on Russia over its invasion.

Last summer season, Kishida stated in a speech that Russia’s invasion gave warning that “Ukraine today may be East Asia tomorrow” – and he echoed that language Monday.

“Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is not just a European matter, but a challenge to the rules and principles of the entire international community,” he stated.

He added that Japan faces its “most severe” safety setting since World War II, citing North Korea’s rising nuclear missile program and “attempts to unilaterally change the status quo by force in the East and South China Seas.”

Kishida didn’t identify specifics, however Tokyo has seen itself more and more at odds with Beijing over islands claimed by each Japan and China within the East China Sea. Meanwhile, Kishida and different Japanese officers have beforehand stated that peace throughout the Taiwan Strait is of utmost significance to Japan’s safety.

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Late final 12 months, Kishida introduced a big enhance in Japanese navy spending and Tokyo’s intention to amass long-range weapons to counter threats to Japan’s safety.

Kishida additionally introduced on Monday that he’ll host a web-based summit of G7 leaders with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday, the primary anniversary of Moscow’s invasion and forward of the annual G7 summit in Hiroshima in May.

The Japanese chief stated Hiroshima was an acceptable venue for the summit as town was the location of an atomic bombing throughout World War II and Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine is elevating new nuclear fears.

“Due to Russia’s actions, the world now faces a real threat from nuclear weapons,” Kishida stated. “It is important to convey the reality of the atomic bombings to the world, including the G7 leaders, as the starting point for all efforts toward nuclear disarmament.”