Ukraine’s envoy on possible go to by Japan’s Kishida prior to G-7 top

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SINGAPORE– Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will likely go to Ukraine’s capital prior to the G-7 Hiroshima Summit, Ukraine’s ambassador to Japan Sergiy Korsunsky informed CNBC.

The envoy’s remarks followed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy participated in a virtual G-7 leaders’ conference Friday on Kishida’s invite as the world marked one year of the war in Ukraine.

When CNBC asked if the ambassador sees Kishida going to prior to Japan hosts the top in May, Korsunsky addressed, “for sure,” without elaborating even more on the timeline of the possible journey.

“He comprehends completely that G-7 chair[‘s] obligation is to go to go to Ukraine prior to [the] top in Hiroshima,” Korsunsky stated, including that it refers “when and how.”

Kishida’s workplace did not right away react to CNBC’s ask for remark.

“From my conversations with the politicians around Kishida[‘s trip], in the parliament and the federal government, he is quite going to go,” he stated. “They will result, I’m sure in the best possible manner as soon as possible,” he stated.

Following U.S. President Joe Biden’s surprise go to, Kishida is the only leader left amongst the Group of Seven who has actually not gone to Ukraine given that Russia attacked in 2015.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have actually all gone to.

Kishida’s journey would make him the 2nd Asian leader after Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s go to in June in 2015.

“We want this to happen as soon as possible,” stated Korsunsky, including he can not make information surrounding the conversations of the journey public.

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He highlighted logistical concerns stay among the leading issues of a possible journey by Kishida to Ukraine.

Zelenskyy see to Hiroshima

The ambassador stated security issues are likewise a top priority in disucssions about Zelenskyy’s possible see to the Japanese city of Hiroshima, house to the website of the world’s very first atomic battle.

If extended a welcome from G-7 countries, the ambassador stated Zelenskyy would “carefully consider this opportunity, taking into account … issues of logistics and security.”

He included Zelenskyy would need to think about “possible provocations” prior to making the journey.

“To fly to Japan is different than to fly to the United States. When you fly in the west direction, you fly over friendly territory,” he stated. “If you fly into the East, you have to carefully consider every possible provocations,” he stated.

Korsunsky kept in mind a possible journey by Zelenskyy to Hiroshima would bring symbolic significance considered that Ukraine deals with “credible threats” comparable to that of the atomic battles on Japan throughout World War II.

“Japan experienced as well nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and that’s a threat which now exists, with a credible threat against Ukraine,” he stated.

“If President Zelenskyy personally will attend summit in Hiroshima, that will be an extremely powerful message to the world, about the intentions of the G-7 to fight against nuclear terrorists in any form,” he stated.

‘Red line’ for China

When inquired about U.S. fears that China might supply deadly weapons to Russia, Korsunsky stated, “China must understand this is a red line which cannot be crossed.”

“You shouldn’t open Pandora’s box with nuclear friends,” he stated. “I want to hope that China will change its attitude once the clear picture of atrocities committed by Russia becomes more clear,” he stated.

The ambassador nevertheless stayed hesitant of such strategies resulting in concrete actions.

“Even if such discussions are happening somewhere in Beijing’s political circles, I believe they will go nowhere,” he stated.

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