Press office of President
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe who is on the first visit to Ukraine in the history Ukrainian-Japanese relations.
During the negotiations, the President has thanked Japan and G7 for a strong position of support for Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. The parties have coordinated positions on the eve of the G7 Summit in Germany, where the issue of Ukraine would be among top priorities. "We appreciate the strong stance of Japan regarding non-recognition of Russia's annexation of Crimea and readiness to contribute to the consolidation of international efforts to ensure full implementation of the Minsk agreements," Petro Poroshenko said.
Following the negotiations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted that his country upholded sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and considered military resolution of the situation in Donbas inadmissible. "Japan strongly disapproves military resolution of the situation and respects sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," he said. Shinzo Abe has also assured that Japan would do everything possible to peacefully resolve the situation in the East of Ukraine in the course of its presidency in G7 next year.
The Head of State has noted that the first visit of Japanese Prime Minister to Ukraine had a great symbolic importance. "Ukraine and Japan are united with many factors, particularly common values and interests," he said adding that both countries had the same "unpredictable and dangerous" neighbor.
The President called the issue of security and ensuring peace in Ukraine and the entire world an important aspect of bilateral relations. "Russian aggression against Ukraine has confirmed the destruction of the post-war global security system, for Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a guarantor of the Budapest Memorandum. We are ready to cooperate with Japan in the reform of the UN Security Council and establishment of stable and fair global security system," the President said.
"Japan is very close to Ukraine despite the distance. We consider it a sincere friend, leader of G7 and important donor," the President emphasized. Petro Poroshenko has noted a broad agenda of economic cooperation - from investments and technical assistance projects to cooperation in space and nuclear energy spheres.
The President has also noted common experience of the countries in overcoming man-made disasters. Coordination and mutual support in this sphere bring efficient results, as stated by Petro Poroshenko.
The Japanese Prime Minister has emphasized that a new stage of bilateral relations had significant importance in the context of the situation in the world. Shinzo Abe has noted significant economic and scientific-technical potential of Ukraine. According to him, Ukraine has made a significant step forward in its development after a year of Petro Poroshenko's presidency. "Soon you will mark the anniversary of your presidency. Ukraine has achieved significant progress under your management. I respect your leadership," the Prime Minister said.
Negotiations between delegations in expanded format have also taken place today. Followingthe negotiations, the parties have signed the intergovernmental agreement on he provision of soft loan in the amount of USD 1.1 billion by the Japanese Government for the project on modernization of Bortnychi aeration plant in Kyiv. Also, the parties have reached an agreement on the provision of loan by Japan for the development of clean technologies in the sphere of coal energy.