Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is on his way by train to Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a trip that coincides with a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Moscow.
Kishida will “show respect to the courage and patience of the Ukrainian people who are standing up to defend their homeland under President Zelenskyy’s leadership, and show solidarity and unwavering support for Ukraine as head of Japan and chairman of G-7,” during his visit to Ukraine, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday as it announced the trip.
Japanese broadcaster NHK showed footage of Kishida boarding a train to Kyiv at the Polish border town of Przemysl.
Kishida will show his “absolute rejection to Russia’s one-sided change to the status quo by invasion and force, and to affirm his commitment to defend the rules-based international order,” the ministry’s statement added.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping, meanwhile, is in Moscow where he was welcomed warmly on Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two men held four and a half hours of informal talks and are due to convene for formal discussions on Tuesday.
Xi has put forward China’s 12-point proposal to end the war in Ukraine, which is likely to dominate the talks. There are reports that he will hold a video call with Zelenskyy after the Moscow meeting.
Kishida, who will chair the G7 summit in May, is the only leader of the group who has not visited Ukraine and was under pressure to do so at home.