KYIV (QHA) -

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday met with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and condemned Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, saying "Japan will never tolerate any attempt to alter the status quo by force."

"Japan has consistently called for respecting the rule of law, Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity,"- Kishida said at the meeting in Kiev, the start of which was open to journalists.

Kishida became the first Japanese Cabinet member to visit Ukraine after Crimean unification with Russia, an act Japan and other major democracies condemned as a violation of the fundamental principles of international law.

Kishida also signed an agreement with Pavlo Sheremeta, the country's minister of economic development and trade, featuring Japan's provision of 10 billion yen in loans to Ukraine.

That is part of a 150 billion yen aid package that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to Ukraine in March.

QHA