Japan Pledges $5.5 Billion In Aid To Ukraine To Counter Russian Aggression

Japan Pledges $5.5 Billion In Aid To Ukraine To Counter Russian Aggression- On Monday, Japan vowed to provide $5.5 billion in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, virtually quadrupling the sum Tokyo had promised to Kiev since Moscow invaded its neighbour almost a year ago.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said, “Japan is in a position to lead the world’s efforts to support Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression and to defend a free and open international order based on the rule of law.”

Tokyo had promised to send Kyiv $600 million in cash aid and $700 million in humanitarian assistance, including food aid and medical supplies. Also, it joined other Western allies in harshly sanctioning Russia for its incursion. At a speech last summer, Kishida warned that “Ukraine today may be East Asia tomorrow,” and he repeated that sentiment on Monday.

He claimed that Russia’s action against Ukraine challenged the norms and values of the international community, not just a European issue.

He continued, noting North Korea’s expanding nuclear missile programme and “attempts to unilaterally change the status quo by force in the East and South China Seas,” that the security situation for Japan is at its “most severe” level since World War II.

Kishida did not provide details, but Tokyo and Beijing have been at war over islands that both countries claim in the East China Sea. Kishida and other Japanese leaders have repeatedly stated that the security of Japan depends critically on achieving peace across the Taiwan Strait.

Kishida indicated late last year that Japan would spend significantly more on its military and that Tokyo intended to buy long-range weapons to address security threats.

Along with hosting an online meeting of G7 leaders with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday, the first anniversary of Moscow’s invasion and before the yearly G7 summit in Hiroshima in May, Kishida also made this announcement on Monday.

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As the location of an atomic attack during World War II and due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the Japanese leader believed Hiroshima was suitable for the summit.

Kishida claimed that the world now confronts a genuine nuclear threat due to Russia’s activities. “It is crucial to make the truth about the atomic bombings known to everyone, including the G7 leaders, as the foundation for all initiatives aimed at nuclear disarmament.”

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