European Commission President comments on Zelenskyy's visit to Japan

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke to NHK on Saturday while attending the G7 summit in Hiroshima.

She said she met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy several times in the last 10 days, and strongly recommended he meet the G7 leaders in Hiroshima, the "city of peace," where "how to get to a just peace" should be discussed.

Von der Leyen welcomed Zelenskyy's participation in the summit. She said, "It is very good news...we can meet him face-to-face and discuss with him how we can strengthen our support for Ukraine."

She indicated the G7 leaders should discuss not only what financial and military support may be needed, but also how to hold Russia accountable.

On Zelenskyy's scheduled meetings with leaders of emerging and developing economies, Von der Leyen said it is important that he meets the leaders of countries such as India and Indonesia, as he has not met some of them in person since the beginning of the Russian invasion.

Von der Leyen said, "All the partners that we have invited are strong supporters of the UN Charter and respect for international law."

She said these are the common values that the countries have defended and want protected, and that it is in their common interest to work for Ukraine.

Von der Leyen also commented on her visit to Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Museum on Friday.

She said, "It was a strong message to show that what happened in Hiroshima is still haunting humanity today. It shows the terrible costs of war, and also how important it is that we promote and protect peace."