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Zelenskyy Hails G7 Participation as Diplomatic Success


Mon 22 May 2023 | 11:53 PM
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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed his participation in the G7 summit in Hiroshima over the weekend as a diplomatic success.

"We have an understanding with the world majority on every important point for Ukraine," including the return of all Ukrainian territories held by Russia and security guarantees, Zelenskyy said in a video message addressed to the Ukrainian people after wrapping up his two-day visit to Japan through Sunday.

"The world hears our position," he said in the video taken from inside a plane.

When he visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on Sunday, he wrote in a guest book: "The threat of the use of nuclear weapons has no place in the modern world."

His entry, written in Ukrainian, was made public on Monday by Japan's foreign ministry and came amid fears that Russia could use a nuclear weapon in its ongoing war against Ukraine.

Zelenskyy also wrote in the guest book, "No country in the world should experience such pain and destruction," and that he was "deeply moved" by his visit to the museum.

His visit to the museum, which displays the devastation caused by the American atomic bomb to a city in western Japan in 1945, took about 40 minutes. 

Together with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Zelenskyy laid flowers at the memorial dedicated to the victims and inscribed on it a pledge not to repeat the tragedy.

On Sunday, via the encrypted messaging app Telegram, Zelenskyy thanked Hiroshima, Kishida, and the Japanese people for their "all-round support".