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Zelensky arrives in Japan prior to G7 summit discussions

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Volodymyr Zelensky has arrived in Japan in advance of crucial G7 summit negotiations.

Early this morning, the aircraft carrying the president of Ukraine landed at Hiroshima Airport.

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According to Japan, Mr. Zelensky’s decision to travel to Hiroshima resulted from his “strong desire” to take part in discussions that may affect his country’s defence against Russia.

The boss may be seen getting out of a French government plane in live video.

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Live footage showed the leader disembark from a French government aircraft.

Mr Zelensky will attend the G7 summit in person on Sunday and hold a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during his stay.

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This morning, he tweeted: ‘Japan. G7. Important meetings with partners and friends of Ukraine. Security and enhanced cooperation for our victory. Peace will become closer today.’

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at Hiroshima Airport during the G7 Summit Leaders' Meeting in Hiroshima on May 20, 2023. (Photo by Yuichi YAMAZAKI / AFP) (Photo by YUICHI YAMAZAKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at Hiroshima Airport (Picture: Yuichi Yamazaki/AFP)
An airplane believed to be transporting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrives at Hiroshima airport for his attendance to the G7 leaders' summit in Mihara, Hiroshima prefecture, western Japan May 20, 2023. REUTERS/Androniki Christodoulou
The President disembarked from a French government aircraft (Picture: Reuters)

The Ukrainian leader will take part in a session regarding peace and security alongside the G7 leaders and invited outreach countries, according to the Japanese foreign ministry.

His visit to Japan marks the first since October 2019 and the first since the invasion by Russia.

An EU official, speaking on condition of anonymity to brief reporters on the deliberations, said Mr Zelensky will take part in two separate sessions Sunday.

The first session will be with G7 members only and will focus on the war in Ukraine.

The second session will include the G7 as well as the other nations invited to take part in the summit, and will focus on ‘peace and stability.’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy walks to a car upon his arrival at Hiroshima Airport to attend the Group of Seven (G-7) nations' meetings Saturday, May 20, 2023, in Hiroshima, western Japan. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
The Ukrainian leader was taken to a car upon his arrival in Japan (Picture: AP)

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that President Joe Biden and Mr Zelensky would have direct engagement at the summit.

The news comes after the US pledged support for training Ukrainian pilots on U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets, a precursor to eventually providing those aircraft to Ukraine’s Air Force.

World leaders have faced a balancing act at the G7 in Hiroshima as they look to address a raft of global worries demanding urgent attention, including climate change, AI, poverty and economic instability, nuclear proliferation and, above all, the war in Ukraine.

China, the world’s No. 2 economy, sits at the nexus of many of those concerns.

The G7 leaders are also to discuss efforts to strengthen the global economy and address rising prices that are squeezing families and government budgets around the world, particularly in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The G7 includes Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada and Italy, as well as the European Union.


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