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TOKYO — Japan will ship fuel masks, hazmat fits and drones to Ukraine to assist defend the nation towards Russia’s invasion amid rising concern of chemical weapons use by the Russian navy.
Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi mentioned Tuesday that Japan is sending the anti-chemical-warfare tools on the request of the Ukrainian authorities.
Japan final month supplied bulletproof vests, helmets and different nonlethal arms tools to Ukraine as an exception to Tokyo’s ban on arms exports to international locations in battle, saying Ukraine is being invaded. The cargo has raised controversy in Japan, whose pacifist Constitution renounces warfare.
“Banding together with the international community and firmly taking action against Russia’s invasion, which violates international law, is extremely important from the viewpoint of our own national security as well,” Kishi mentioned.
The authorities has revised its operational guideline of arms switch to permit provisions of nonlethal tools to Ukraine and says the brand new rule covers fuel masks and protecting gear. Japan can be sending commercially accessible drones that aren’t thought of arms tools.
Japan has been fast in becoming a member of the United States and European Union in imposing sanctions towards Russia and supporting Ukraine and its folks as a result of Tokyo fears the influence its invasion might have on East Asia, the place China has been more and more pushing its personal territorial claims.