President.gov.ua: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the first day of his official visit to Japan. The head of state thanked for Japan’s consistent policy in supporting Ukraine and its refusal to recognize the attempt to illegally annex Crimea and to retain sanctions against Russia.
“I would like to thank you personally for your consistent position on Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” the President noted.
Volodymyr Zelensky spoke about the security situation in Donbas and the latest developments towards ending the war and achieving the peace.
The parties discussed Japan’s investments in the development of infrastructure in Ukraine. The Head of State thanked for the financial aid, which since 2014 had reached $1800000000.
“We are interested in continuing the implementation of infrastructure projects with the support of Japan. We are especially grateful to Japan for a loan of nearly $ 1 billion for the modernization of the Bortnik aeration station. We hope that the work will begin at the beginning of next year,” the President stressed.
The Head of State also thanked for the visa liberalization for the citizens of Ukraine starting from January 1, 2018 and suggested introducing visa-free regime for Ukraine on the eve of the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo.
Shinzo Abe highly appreciated the results of reforms carried out in Ukraine and assured that Japan would continue to support Ukraine in implementing positive changes.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy invited the Prime Minister of Japan to visit Ukraine.