Kishida: Japan working with Vietnam to respond to Russian invasion

Japanese Prime Minster Kishida Fumio has met his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh in Hanoi. They confirmed that their countries will deepen cooperation in various sectors, including security and their economies. Also on the agenda was how to deal with Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The two prime ministers held a joint news conference after the meeting on Sunday.

Kishida said, "We agreed on the importance of an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian aid. We also oppose the threat to use, or use of weapons of mass destruction and attacks on civilians and civilian facilities that violate international humanitarian law."

Vietnamese Prime Minister Chinh announced that the country will provide half a million dollars in humanitarian aid to Ukrainians through international organizations.
The two leaders touched on security concerns in Asia, and agreed to cooperate to deal with the situations in North Korea and Myanmar.

In an apparent reference to China, Kishida also conveyed strong opposition to any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force in the South China Sea.