February 3, 2023

By Geoff Earle, Associate US Political Editor for Dailymail.Com in Bal Harbour, Florida

President Joe Biden is calling on his allies Japan and South Korea to do more to help Ukraine as he meets leaders of both countries on his trip to Asia, pushing for more support as Ukraine suffers defeat in Mariupol after a long Russian siege.

South Korea is one of the world’s leading arms exporters and Japan is the world’s third largest economy.

The populations and leaders of both countries organize rallies around the Ukrainian cause, but Biden is using his trip to try to organize more contributions.

“I think the president can be expected at every stop to focus on his concerns about Ukraine and the importance he places on providing assistance to Ukraine,” a senior administration official told DailyMail.com in a press call with reporters on Biden. ride.

President Joe Biden is emphasizing support for Ukraine at 'every stop' on his trip to Asia.  He flies from South Korea to Japan on Sunday.

President Joe Biden is emphasizing support for Ukraine at ‘every stop’ on his trip to Asia. He flies from South Korea to Japan on Sunday.

The official said Biden has ‘made it very clear how impressed he is by what the Republic of Korea has done. And the fact that the ROK’s actions, I think, have been further reinforced to the extent that key allies in Asia are supporting our efforts and the efforts of the international community in Europe, just as they are in the In recent years, European countries have paid much more attention and showed much more interest in ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific,’ the official said.

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‘So, I think the president, there is this idea that these are two different theaters, I think it doesn’t make sense anymore. These are very strong ties between the two,’ added the official.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced last week that his country would provide an additional $300 million in economic aid to Ukraine, doubling its total to $600 million since Russia’s invasion.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced last week that Japan would contribute an additional $300 million in economic aid to Ukraine.

Japan sent a shipment of bulletproof vests, helmets, etc. for Ukraine, JSDF is loading them on KC-767

Sending defensive aid during a raging war was a new step for Japan, which has pacifism enshrined in its constitution.

Ukrainian President Zelensky has asked for help.

MAY 21: In an aerial view, uninhabitable apartment buildings stand in an old waterfront neighborhood on May 21, 2022 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The invading Russian forces had targeted residential apartment buildings during their attacks on Kharkiv. In recent days, Russian troops have been fighting back against Ukrainian forces in the northern suburbs of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

He announced the funds, to be distributed through the World Bank, ahead of Biden’s trip.

It turned out that a delay in the Senate allowed Biden to show US support for Ukraine during his trip, which otherwise hasn’t had many headline-grabbing “products” that administrations generally like to promote during summit meetings. .

Biden signed a $40 billion US aid package for Ukraine on Friday in Seoul after an aid was flown here following Senate approval on Thursday.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last month publicly called on South Korea to provide weapons as he seeks to rally allies to garner enough support to force Russia to give up territorial gains.

“You have something that may be indispensable to us… armored vehicles, anti-aircraft, anti-tank, anti-ship weapons,” Zelensky said.

South Korea has emphasized its own security situation by rejecting Ukraine’s initial arms request. That stance was underscored this week, when US officials warned that North Korea could conduct another nuclear or ballistic missile test during or around Biden’s trip.

Both countries have also come together to back economic sanctions on Russia following the February invasion. Japan did so as a member of the G7 group of industrialized nations.

His stance in favor of territorial integrity also has implications in his own neighborhood, where Japan has territorial disputes with China over the Senkaku Islands.

South Korea has joined international sanctions against Russia and banned the export of strategic items such as chips to Russia.