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Japanese Foreign Minister Kamikawa Commits $37 Million in Aid to Ukraine Through NATO

Kyiv, January 07, 2024, The Europe Today: Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa conducted an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Sunday, marking her first official visit since assuming the role in September. During a joint press conference in Kyiv with Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, Kamikawa pledged a substantial $37 million contribution to a NATO fund, aimed at bolstering Ukraine’s defense against the ongoing Russian invasion. She announced Japan’s commitment to providing an unmanned aircraft detecting system and additional aid through the funding.

Emphasizing Japan’s unwavering support, Kamikawa also revealed plans to deliver five mobile gas turbine power generators to help Ukrainians cope with the harsh winter conditions. The visit preceded a conference scheduled for February 19 in Tokyo, where discussions on Ukraine’s reconstruction, following widespread destruction from the 2022 Russian invasion, will take place.

Kamikawa, condemning Russia’s actions, affirmed Japan’s commitment to assisting Ukrainians with shelter, education, and medical services for women and children. Arriving in Ukraine by train from Poland, Kamikawa reiterated the importance of upholding the international order based on the rule of law and expressed Japan’s dedication to supporting Ukraine’s proposed peace plan. During a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Kamikawa announced Japan’s co-chairing of a working group on radiation and nuclear safety, a crucial element of Ukraine’s “peace formula.”

The plan also advocates for the immediate withdrawal of all Russian forces. Kamikawa further engaged with Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, affirming Japan’s ongoing efforts to finalize documents related to bilateral cooperation for signing at the upcoming Tokyo conference, as disclosed by the Japanese Foreign Ministry.