Polish foreign minister says Japan can be good model for Ukraine

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau says countries need to be united in supporting Ukraine as it is also important for the security of each country.

Poland has supported neighboring Ukraine by providing it with military assistance. Poland provided the main battle tank Leopard 2 and combat planes at an early stage. Poland has also accepted nearly 1.6 million evacuees from Ukraine.

In an exclusive interview with NHK in Tokyo on Thursday, Rau said what is happening in Ukraine is a common problem for countries that want to maintain peace and international order.

He said that Ukraine is fighting not only for itself but also for Poland and other countries.

The minister also said that Ukraine could win the war if Japan and Western nations continue to support Kyiv, calling for international unity for peace.

Rau stressed that Russian forces should pull out of Ukraine, and Russian perpetrators of war crimes should be brought to justice.

He said that Poland is ready to continue its assistance for Ukraine hand-in-hand with Japan, which chairs the meetings of the Group of Seven nations.

Rau added that Japan can be a good model for Ukraine as the country has experienced war and natural disasters, and undergone reconstruction.