Kishida tells Zelenskyy G7 ready to maintain support for Ukraine

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that foreign ministers of the Group of Seven nations have confirmed their readiness to continue strict sanctions on Russia and assistance for Ukraine.

Kishida and Zelenskyy spoke over the phone for about half an hour Wednesday evening as foreign ministers of the G7 bloc wrapped up their discussions in Tokyo the same day.

Kishida reportedly told the Ukrainian president that Japan will continue its support for his country's energy sector to help people survive the winter.

Tokyo provided Ukraine with two high-power autotransformers in September.

Zelenskyy reportedly expressed deep thanks to Kishida.

The two leaders also agreed to convene the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Tokyo on February 19 next year and to prepare for the event with firms and economic circles.

The gathering will bring together government officials from the two nations.

Kishida and Zelenskyy also agreed to work closely to maintain and strengthen the solidarity of the international community.