: Ukraine's Poroshenko meets Japan's Abe for talks on Ukraine crisis

16:17 Apr. 6, 2016

Ukraine's Poroshenko meets Japan's Abe for talks on Ukraine crisis

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the start of their talks at the latter's official residence in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Images)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks on the situation in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday (April 6) for what Tokyo called "serious and candid" talks on the crisis in Ukraine.

At a news conference held earlier in the day, Poroshenko thanked Tokyo for its support during the crisis.

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Japan's top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga last month said Japan was committed to the peaceful settlement of the situation in Ukraine and vowed that Tokyo would continue to assist with the country's reforms. 

Japanese media report that Tokyo is looking to loosen visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens visiting Japan, as well as increase investment in the east European nation.

Nuclear security was also expected to be on the agenda during Wednesday's talks. Both Ukraine and Japan are the only two countries to have suffered large nuclear crises.

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At the start of the meeting, held shortly after a welcoming ceremony, Poroshenko presented Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with an origami (folded paper) crane which he said symbolised the peace and happiness to come between the two nations.

Reporting by REUTERS


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