Kishida and Zelenskyy to discuss Ukraine conflict and reconstruction at G7 summit in Italy

During the G7 summit in Italy, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy are set to meet for crucial discussions on Ukraine’s conflict with Russia and its reconstruction efforts, reflecting deepening bilateral ties and mutual strategic interests.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy are poised for a significant bilateral meeting at the upcoming Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy.

Kishida, who recently visited Kyiv to express solidarity and discuss the reconstruction of Ukraine, has emphasised Japan’s commitment to supporting Ukraine in its time of need. During their meeting, Kishida and Zelenskyy are expected to explore further Japanese assistance in both humanitarian and defence capacities, including additional sanctions against Russia and support for Ukraine’s reconstruction efforts​.

The meeting comes at a critical time as Ukraine continues to grapple with the aftermath of Russia’s invasion. The G7 summit will provide a platform for Zelenskyy to garner further international support and highlight Ukraine’s ongoing needs. Japan’s role has been particularly noteworthy; it has significantly increased its involvement in global security issues and has been vocal about its support for Ukraine. Kishida’s visit to Kyiv earlier this year strongly demonstrated Japan’s stance against Russian aggression and its dedication to global peace and stability.​

The bilateral discussions are expected to focus on the practical aspects of Japanese aid, including financial support, infrastructure rebuilding, and enhancing Ukraine’s defence capabilities. This aligns with Japan’s broader foreign policy goals under Kishida, which include fostering stability in regions affected by conflict and upholding the rules-based international order. Moreover, Kishida and Zelenskyy will likely discuss the importance of maintaining international pressure on Russia through coordinated sanctions and diplomatic efforts​.