Japan to provide Ukraine with $1.82 M medical equipment purchase grant for border guards

Japan to provide Ukraine with $1.82 M medical equipment purchase grant for border guards

Ukraine and Japan signed an intergovernmental agreement on a grant for the purchase of special equipment for the medical facilities of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, including a magnetic resonance imaging machine.

The agreement was signed by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba and Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine Takashi Kurai on January 28, the Foreign Ministry's press service informs.

According to the signed agreement, the grant provided by the Japanese side is JPY 200 million (about USD 1.82 million).

Dmytro Kuleba expressed gratitude to the Japanese side for its consistent support for the implementation of reforms in Ukraine, large-scale infrastructure projects, the countering of Russia’s aggression and combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Over the years, Ukrainian-Japanese cooperation, built on the principles of mutual trust and respect, has brought many achievements. Today, when our country and the whole world are fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to have modern medical equipment for fast and high-quality diagnosis of diseases. I am grateful to the Japanese side for this timely support of the Ukrainian Government's efforts to counter COVID-19," the minister noted.

Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine Takashi Kurai said the purchased medical equipment should provide access to quality and timely diagnosis to about 400,000 patients, including not only employees of the State Border Guard Service, but also a wider range of Ukrainian citizens.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine also praised Japan's unwavering position in support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as on the need for further sanctions pressure on Russia in order to de-occupy Donbas and Crimea.

The parties reaffirmed their readiness to actively expand comprehensive cooperation between Ukraine and Japan in the spirit of mutually beneficial partnership.

Photo credit: mfa.gov.ua


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