Japan could contribute to rebuilding the infrastructure that was destroyed as a result of the actions of terrorists in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko made such a proposal at a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, the press service of the head of state reported. "President Poroshenko urged Japan to join a number of countries that help restore the infrastructure that has been destroyed as a result of the actions of terrorists in the east of the country," reads the statement. Poroshenko also drew the minister's attention to the decisions of the European Council and the United States on the introduction of additional restrictive measures against Russia and urged Japan, as a democratic country and a G7 member, to speak with a united position. Kishida, in turn, said that since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine Japan had constantly insisted on the need to respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. He also stressed the importance of finding a peaceful solution to the situation. Kishida said that Japan was considering providing assistance to Ukraine in three areas - economic development, strengthening democracy and national dialogue. He said that a high-level government delegation on economic issues and a delegation of entrepreneurs would visit Ukraine in August on the instruction of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The minister also invited representatives of the judiciary to visit Japan for the exchange of experiences. Japan is ready to extend technical cooperation to strengthen the rule of law and improve the effectiveness of governance. The minister also announced his country's readiness to provide $260,000 for the needs of displaced persons who were forced to leave their homes because of the actions of militants. The sides noted the prospects of bilateral cooperation in the space sector. Poroshenko invited to Japan to participate in a conference of donors and investors for Ukraine this autumn. Poroshenko asked Kishida to convey an invitation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit Ukraine at any time convenient to him.