Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to arrive in Japan for the G7 summit. His visit was confirmed by Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council and stated that Zelenskyy’s presence is essential to defend the interests of Ukraine.
Zelenskyy’s visit to Italy, Germany, France and the UK in the last ten days to meet the leaders can be considered as a move to gain their support before the G7 conference.
He had earlier requested a ‘jets coalition’ to the western allies, so that Ukraine can fight the Russian invasion with the help of Western warplanes. In his meeting with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, he was assured that UK will help to train Ukraine’s pilots. But it is reported that Zelenskyy had requested to supply combat jets.
During the summit, Zelenskyy is likely to have a private conversation with Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to seek defence support. Japan had supported Ukraine in the war and joined with the other G7 nations to impose sanctions on Russia. PM Kishida had also promised 5.5 billion dollars during his visit to Ukraine in March.
As per reports, Zelenskyy hopes that his request will make an impact among the leaders if he appears in person in Hiroshima, the city that suffered the horrors of the atomic bomb during Second World War. Zelenskyy is likely to appeal to the world leaders for more ammunition supply to Ukraine to fight against Russia along with aid.
A latest report states that Zelenskyy will attend the conference virtually on Friday and is expected to be in person in Japan on Sunday.