G7 Apulia Summit Session 3 “Ukraine” (Summary)

June 13, 2024

[Provisional translation]

On June 13, commencing at 3:05 p.m. (local time; 10:05 p.m. JST), Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, attended the G7 Apulia Summit Session 3 “Ukraine,” for approximately 105 minutes. The overview is as follows. In addition to G7 Leaders, H.E. Mr. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, also attended the first half of the session.

1. At the outset of the session, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his sincere respect for the courage and patience of the people in Ukraine, who have been uniting to fight against Russia’s aggression amid the increasingly harsh war situation. He also stated that the G7 will continue to unite in support of Ukraine, and that Japan will continue to strongly promote sanctions against Russia and support for Ukraine, with the idea that “Ukraine today may be East Asia tomorrow.”

2. With regard to support for Ukraine, Prime Minister Kishida introduced that Japan has been providing financial support for Ukraine since the beginning of this year to meet its urgent financial needs, and that Japan has also provided an unmanned aircraft detection system. He also explained that Japan prioritizes support for demining, and is promoting the provision of large demining machines made in Japan, and will host an international conference on Ukraine Mine Action next year. Prime Minister Kishida also stated that Japan will support the reconstruction of Ukraine in the mid to long- term. He introduced that in addition to the 56 cooperation documents signed at the Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Growth and Reconstruction in February this year, 23 documents were newly signed between Japan and Ukraine on the occasion of the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin this week.

3. With regard to sanctions, Prime Minister Kishida stated that we could send a powerful message by the announcement of sanctions collaboratively made in May this year by like-minded countries including the G7 regarding Russia’s procurement of arms from North Korea. He explained that Japan is considering a new sanctions package that includes targeting entities in third countries (Note). (Note: As measures against the circumvention of sanctions, Japan is considering measures against entities in China, India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan.)

4. G7 Leaders confirmed that they will continue to work together to address the situation in Ukraine. They also discussed the issue of making use of immobilized Russian sovereign assets.

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