Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will travel in person to Japan for the Group of Seven (G7) summit, according to sources.
Two sources briefed on the matter said Zelensky is scheduled to participate in a G7 session on Sunday.
The session was a late addition to the G7 schedule in order to accommodate Zelensky’s current travel schedule, one of the sources said.
Zelensky is planning to attend the Arab League summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia before he travels to Japan, the source said. He is expected to arrive in Hiroshima Saturday evening in advance of his participation in the G7 summit.
Key context: The war in Ukraine is at the top of agenda for the three-day summit, where leaders are expected to make a strong statement of unity in support of Ukraine and unveil new measures to choke off Russia’s ability to fund and supply its war.
Zelensky’s expected visit would be his first to Asia since Moscow launched its full-scale assault on Ukraine last February, and comes as Kyiv continues to look to its Western partners for military backing ahead of a highly anticipated counteroffensive.
G7 member countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — include Ukraine’s largest backers.
Zelensky’s expected travel to Asia follows a four-country European tour, where he welcomed additional pledges of military support for Kyiv’s defense.
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday had said Zelensky would participate virtually in a Sunday session of the G7, after being invited by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida earlier this year.