Ukraine President Zelenskiy to attend G7 Summit in person on Sunday: Japan govt

By Reuters   May 19, 2023 | 04:59 pm PT
Ukraine President Zelenskiy to attend G7 Summit in person on Sunday: Japan govt
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during the award ceremony of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen 2023 to the President and the people of Ukraine on May 14, 2023 in Aachen, western Germany. Photo by Federico Gambarini/Pool via Reuters
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Hiroshima summit in person on Sunday and hold a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during his stay, Japan's foreign ministry announced on Saturday.

Zelenskiy will take part in a session regarding peace and security alongside the G7 leaders and invited outreach countries, according to the foreign ministry.

The Ukrainian president is set to arrive in Hiroshima on Saturday, and is expected to hold bilateral meetings with other attendees of the G7 summit.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Saturday that the United States is not flying Zelenskiy to Japan, but adding that it was a "safe bet" that U.S. President Joe Biden would meet the Ukrainian leader there.

Sullivan told reporters that Biden on Friday endorsed training the Ukrainian military to fly F-16 fighter jets and other aircraft, adding that weapons assistance to Ukraine was changing as the conflict changed.

"As the training unfolds in the coming months, we will work with our allies to determine when planes will be delivered, who will be delivering them, and how many," Sullivan said.

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