Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Japan to step up sanctions against Russia by imposing an embargo on Russian imports.
Speaking to the Japanese parliament today via video call, the Ukrainian president thanked Japan, which has led the way in condemning the Russian invasion and imposing sanctions on Asian countries.
“Responsible states are joining forces to protect peace. I am grateful to your state for the attitude of the authorities at such a historic moment, for the real help to Ukraine,” Zelensky said.
“You were the first in Asia to really put pressure on Russia to restore peace, to support sanctions against Russia, and I urge you to continue to do so,” he said.
The Ukrainian president stressed that Russian forces were preparing new attacks from the so-called blockade zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, after occupying the abandoned plant last month in the first days of the war in Ukraine.
He did not elaborate on the alleged attacks by Russia.
“People are on the brink of many new crises,” Zelensky said. “Environmental and nutritional challenges are unprecedented.”