As reports European Commission Joint Press Statement, Mr. Shinzo Abe (Prime Minister of Japan), Mr. Donald Tusk (President of the European Council), and Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission), met in Tokyo, Japan, on 29 May 2015 for the 23rd Summit between Japan and the European Union (EU). The prticipants discussed the deepening of strategic ties between Japan and EU, global security, including the ways how to solve the conflict in Ukraine.
— European Commission (@EU_Commission) 29 Травень 2015
“We welcome the expanding Japan-EU cooperation and partnership in the field of peace and security, including crisis management cooperation.The EU welcomes and supports the efforts of Japan in promoting and sustaining global security as set out in the policy of “Proactive Contribution to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation. We committed to explore further cooperation in Ukraine and Somalia as a next step,” states the document.
The European Union and Japan during the summit in Tokyo declared their “determination” not to recognize Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea:
“We call on all sides to fully implement their commitment under the Minsk agreements to solve the conflict in Ukraine peacefully, respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We remain determined never to recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, and will continue to support the government of Ukraine to advance its reforms, aimed at strengthening and modernising Ukraine for the benefit of its citizens. We will also continue to coordinate our policies and explore new opportunities for cooperation aimed at the modernisation of countries in the context of the EU’s Eastern Partnership, as well as in the Western Balkans and the Black Sea region.”