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Kishida vows to provide food aid to Ukraine in talks with Zelenskyy 

All national dailies reported on Prime Minister Kishida’s 40-minute teleconference with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy on Tuesday. This was their fourth teleconference this year. Kishida reportedly told Zelenskyy that Japan will provide food and medicine to Ukraine as additional relief supplies, and the Ukrainian leader reportedly expressed appreciation for Japan’s support. The premier told reporters afterward that Japan will proactively make diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine in coordination with its G7 partners. Mainichi noted that Agriculture Minister Kaneko has received a request for food aid from Ukrainian Ambassador to Japan Korsunsky and that State Minister for Agriculture Takebe will deliver about 15 tons of food to Poland when he goes to Germany to attend the G7 agriculture ministers’ meeting in mid-May. 

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