Ukraine extends solidarity to Japan following January 1 earthquake

The earthquake, with its epicentre on the Noto Peninsula, resulted in widespread destruction, claiming numerous lives and causing significant damage to infrastructure. The disaster has prompted an outpouring of support and empathy from nations around the world.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba expressed solidarity with Japan over the devastating earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula on January 1, extending condolences for the loss of lives and expressing hopes for a swift recovery for those injured. Kuleba conveyed these sentiments during a joint press conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa in Kyiv on Sunday.

The earthquake, with its epicentre on the Noto Peninsula, resulted in widespread destruction, claiming numerous lives and causing significant damage to infrastructure. The disaster has prompted an outpouring of support and empathy from nations around the world.

Despite the tragic event, Russian President Vladimir Putin has notably remained silent on the Noto Peninsula earthquake. This silence contrasts with his previous actions, such as sending a telegram of sympathy to Chinese President Xi Jinping following a significant quake in inland China in mid-December last year. The absence of a similar message for Japan raises questions about the diplomatic dynamics between Russia and Japan, particularly given the ongoing military aggression by Russia against Ukraine.

The earthquake in Japan adds to the challenges faced by the country, which is already dealing with the complexities of recovery, rebuilding, and addressing the humanitarian needs arising from the disaster. The expression of solidarity from Ukraine underscores the importance of international cooperation and support during times of crisis.

As Japan navigates the aftermath of the earthquake, the global community’s response and engagement, or lack thereof, with the situation can have broader implications for diplomatic relations and the geopolitical landscape. The earthquake serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of nations in facing natural disasters and the need for collective efforts to mitigate the impact on affected communities