Ukraine needs leadership from Japan

Ukraine needs leadership from Japan

The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has high expectations for Japan's leadership in its role as the chairman of the Group of Seven regarding his nation's recovery from the Russian invasion, Zelenskyy told The Yomiuri Shimbun on Thursday.

"We need big, big support and leadership of Japan," the Ukrainian president said in an exclusive interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun for about an hour aboard a train that transported him from southern Ukraine to Kyiv.

He said when we talk about the renovation of Ukraine, especially now, for a fast recovery plan, we need leadership from Japan. He hopes for civilian support and economic cooperation from Japan, as well as economic cooperation from Japan, he said.

He stated that he has not received any proposal regarding China, which has called for peace talks, and suggested that he has requested cooperation on a 10 point peace plan proposed by the Ukrainian side and the holding of a summit meeting.

Zelenskyy praised Japan as one of the first countries to impose sanctions against Russia and expressed appreciation for Japan's support on energy to help Ukraine through the cold winter.

We went through this winter with a lot of partners. He said he was thankful for you, Japan.

During his meeting with the Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Kyiv on Tuesday, he stressed the importance of Japan s cooperation on medicine and environmentally friendly energy systems with his country's long-term recovery in mind. Zelenskyy encouraged Kishida to invite Japanese companies to set up operations in Ukraine in the automobile industry and the production of minerals such as lithium.

Zelenskyy expressed a strong sense of danger about Russia's occupation of nuclear power plants and stressed the need for Japanese know-how on nuclear safety.

Regarding the possibility of dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he stressed that Russia must leave Ukraine's territory. He said he doesn't trust Putin completely, when it comes to the idea of a ceasefire. Zelenskyy expressed skepticism about China's 12 point proposal calling for a ceasefire and peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, saying that respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity must come first.

I didn't get a proposal from China to mediate. I didn't get the proposal to meet, he said.

I gave straight messages by diplomatic channels that I want to speak with the leader of China.