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Japan's Kishida Pledges Aid for Poland 03/22 06:12


   WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Japan's prime minister pledged Wednesday to provide 
Poland with development support to help the European country assist neighboring 
Ukraine as it defends itself from Russia's invasion.

   Polish Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki hosted Japanese Prime 
Minister Fumio Kishida in Warsaw a day after Kishida made a surprise visit to 
Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

   "Bearing in mind the increasing burden on Poland due to the prolonged 
invasion of Ukraine," Kishida said Japan would offer Poland assistance to 
support its role and is looking to "vigorously build up" projects.

   Japan usually provides the type of promised aid to developing countries, 
which Poland is no longer, but the Japanese government is making a special 
exception, he said.

   Kishida said it was crucial for like-minded countries such as Japan and 
Poland, to remain united in their support for Ukraine and in furthering 
sanctions against Russia.

   During a joint news conference with Kishida, Morawiecki said that at the 
time when a "new geo-political order" was emerging, both countries understand 
the "threat to world peace coming from Russia's imperialism."

   Poland has supplied military, humanitarian and political support to Ukraine 
during the war that started 13 months ago.

   Kishida, who is preparing to chair a Group of Seven summit in May, said 
Japan would stress the need for continued cooperation with Poland and for 
international backing for Ukraine.

   Following talks with Morawiecki that went beyond their planned 30 minutes, 
Kishida also said that Japan was interested in building closer ties with 
regional alliances in central and eastern Europe, such as the nine NATO eastern 
flank members, the Visegrad Group that includes Poland, The Czech Republic, 
Slovakia and Hungary, and countries participating in the Three Seas economic 

   Kishida later met later with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

   Kishida visited Ukraine on Tuesday while Chinese leader President Xi Jinping 
held talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two visits 
showing how various countries are lining up behind Moscow or Kyiv.

   Morawiecki said the Chinese leader's visit to Moscow raised "anxiety."

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