Ukraine President Poroshenko to visit Japan in early April


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will visit Japan between April 5 and 7 for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the government said Tuesday.

With Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine in 2014 likely to be taken up at the Group of Seven summit Japan will host in May in Mie Prefecture, Abe and Poroshenko will hold “serious and candid” talks on the situation, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference.

“As president of the G-7 (this year), Prime Minister Abe plans to show our country’s determination to remain committed to achieving a peaceful settlement to the Ukraine situation and continue assisting the country’s domestic reforms,” the top government spokesman said.

In last year’s summit in Germany, the G-7 leaders expressed their condemnation of Moscow’s “illegal” annexation of Crimea, which led the group to suspend Russia’s participation from the Group of Eight major nations.

In what will be his first trip to Japan as Ukraine president, Poroshenko will visit Tokyo and Kyoto, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

Japan hopes the trip will strengthen ties between the two countries, the ministry said.

The Ise-Shima summit slated for May 26 to 27 will bring together the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.