President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held negotiations with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe in the course of the official visit to Japan.
6 April 2016
“Japan is an extremely important and reliable partner of Ukraine. Ukraine-Japan relations have never been at such a high level of trust and dynamics,” the President said following the negotiations.
Petro Poroshenko noted that “Ukraine and Japan share the same position on the inadmissibility of changing the internationally recognized borders by force and in violation of generally accepted principles of the international law”.
“Ukraine highly appreciates the position of Japan on the non-recognition of Russia’s occupation of Crimea and its willingness to facilitate consolidation of international efforts aimed at ensuring full implementation of the Minsk agreements,” the President noted and thanked the Prime Minister “for a firm and unwavering support for territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of our state at both bilateral and multilateral levels”.
The Head of State noted that the agenda of bilateral relations was very broad. “I would like to thank the Government of Japan and Mr. Prime Minister for providing financial, technical and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. In particular, we are grateful for the decision to allocate the new tranche of humanitarian aid for the restoration of eastern regions of Ukraine in the amount of USD 13.6 million,” the President said.
The parties have also discussed the enhancement of trade and economic cooperation between Ukraine and Japan, as well as the increase in the volume of Japanese investments in the economy of Ukraine. “We were pleased to hear the positive assessment of Ukraine’s progress from the Japanese investors today,” the Head of State emphasized.
The interlocutors agreed to continue the implementation of joint projects, first of all in the sphere of energy, infrastructure and ecology. Special attention was paid to the agricultural sector.
The Head of State informed on the agreement to continue dialogue on gradual simplification of the visa regime between Ukraine and Japan.
Petro Poroshenko thanked Japan for the intention to raise the Ukrainian issue at the G7 Summit.
The President emphasized that the two countries “are determined to further move forward and provide a new content for the Ukraine-Japan partnership”.
In his turn, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe noted that the relations between Ukraine and Japan were intensively developing in such issue like interpersonal contacts, economic cooperation and liquidation of consequences of nuclear disasters.
According to him, the parties discussed the settlement of the situation in Ukraine. “It remains one of the most important topics for the international community. Japan pays attention to this issue and I am planning to raise it at the G7 Summit,” he said. The Prime Minister emphasized the necessity of full implementation of the Minsk agreements for the resolution of the situation in Donbas and acceleration of internal reforms.