Ukraine and Japan have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in post-disaster response to emergency situations at nuclear power plants.

The respective document was signed in Tokyo by Ukrainian Emergencies Minister Viktor Baloha and Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba, the press service of the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry reported, according to UKRINFORM.

"For the first time in world practice, the two countries hit by the world's largest nuclear power plant accidents have laid the legal foundation for further cooperation in order to unite the scientific and technical potential and resources, as well as to use the knowledge and experience of specialists and experts from both countries in overcoming the consequences of accidents at nuclear power plants," the ministry said.

The two countries will set up a joint committee, which will hold meetings in Ukraine and Japan once a year.

Koichiro Gemba praised the agreement signed by the sides and expressed hope that the Verkhovna Rada would ratify the document as soon as possible.

At the same time, the Japanese diplomat stressed the need for the development of bilateral relations not only in the field of nuclear safety, but also in other sectors of the economy. Baloha, on behalf of the Ukrainian government, invited the Japanese foreign minister to visit Ukraine.

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