TOKYO (Reuters) – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is scheduled to visit Japan on Tuesday to meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, citing NATO’s partnership with Japan amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. He said he would continue to strengthen it.
“The war in Ukraine is important to all of us, so we are also very grateful for the support Japan is providing with its aircraft and cargo capabilities,” Iruma Air Base.
His visit, which includes a visit to South Korea, is aimed at strengthening ties with Western allies in Asia in the face of the war in Ukraine and increasing competition from China.
Speaking in Seoul on Monday, Stoltenberg urged South Korea to increase its military aid to Ukraine, citing other countries that changed their policy of not providing arms to conflicting countries following Russia’s aggression.
Russia has called the invasion, which began on February 24, a “special operation” to prevent threats to its security.
Reported by Sakura Murakami and John Geddy.Editing by Himani Sarkar and Jerry Doyle
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