Ex-PM Mori questions Japan’s support for Ukraine, says Russia losing war ‘unthinkable’

After he retired as an MP about a decade ago, Mori met with Putin as a special envoy for the then prime minister. Shinzo Abewho was murdered during an election campaign speech in early July last year.

In November, Mori also told a political rally in Tokyo that he could not “completely understand why only President Putin has been criticized,” while saying that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has “made many Ukrainians suffer.”

Kishida told parliament on Wednesday that he would consider an invitation to visit Kiev extended by Zelensky, depending on the circumstances. Ruling Party No. 2 Toshimitsu Motegi said such a visit would be desirable.

The German government approves the supply of tanks to Ukraine


The German government approves the supply of tanks to Ukraine

On Tuesday, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, the government’s top spokesman, said Japan will “continue to offer assistance” to people in Ukraine, who have been facing a “national crisis.”

Mori was the main organizer of Olympics in Tokyowhich was postponed a year from 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but stepped down in February 2021 before the Games began after he came under fire for his remark that meetings with women tend to drag on.


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