For the first time Japan's Self-Defense Forces will take part in military exercise “See Breeze - 2020”

2020-02-05 15:55:00 | ID: 55547

This was discussed today, on February 5, during the meeting of the MOD leadership with the Japanese delegation.

Ukrainian side was represented by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Zagorodnyuk and his deputies. Japan's delegation was headed by the Director-General of the C4 Department of the Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force Command, Major General Jiro Hiroye.

Participants of the meeting discussed the issue of countering to hybrid threats. In this context, Ukrainian side emphasized an importance of experience sharing, taking into account common nature of existing challenges and threats, especially in cyber sphere.

At the beginning of the event, Andriy Zagorodnyuk expressed words of gratitude to the Japanese side for consistent support and assistance for Ukrainian Armed Forces and emphasized the need for continued military-political dialogue that has intensified in recent years.

Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alina Frolova informed foreign representatives about the current state of the Joint Forces operation in the East of Ukraine. Japanese delegation was also informed about the further militarization of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation, as well as destabilizing Russian actions in Azov and Black Sea regions.

Deputy Minister of Defense Oleksii Martseniuk briefed foreign colleagues on some aspects of defense reform, including the progress of C4 transformation and emphasized the importance of the experience of Japanese counterparts in this sphere.

Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Sergii Bessarab drew attention to the need to continue military cooperation between the countries and expressed the hope of the leadership of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to expand military cooperation with the Japanese military during international exercises. An important factor in this process should be the participation of representatives of the Self-Defense Forces of Japan in this year's naval exercise “See Breeze 2020”, which will take place in Ukraine.

Following the results of the meeting, the parties outlined the main directions of defense cooperation between Ukraine and Japan and agreed to continue mutually beneficial cooperation in this area.

Japanese delegation also took part in the Daily Commemoration Ceremony honoring Ukrainian defenders, who were killed while fighting for Ukraine's independence, as well as laid flowers at the Memory Stela.