Zelenskiy in Japan as G7 takes aim at Russia, China.
HIROSHIMA Japan Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskiy brought his call for support against Russia’s attack to a Group of Seven G7 meeting on Saturday in Japan,where leaders agreed to tighten sanctions against Moscow and cut back exposure to China.
- G7 leaders described an agreed approach towards China, looking to “de-risk, not decouple” economic involvement with a country viewed as the workshop of the world.
The G7 is trying to bridge a huge gap with developing economies in the Global South by focusing on infrastructure and debt relief part of a plan to blunt China’s impact in lower income countries.
President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have examined strategies to increase military cooperation and combat aggressive acts by China, according by the White House.
- China is seriously worried about recent signs of “negative” China-related moves at the G7 meeting and asks Japan not to turn it into a “political show” against or to curb China, the country’s embassy in Japan said. Its mission in London warned that any words or actions hurting China’s interests would be met with “firm and resolute countermeasures”.
- G7 leaders said they had ensured that Ukraine had the budget help it needs for this year and early 2024. Today we are taking new steps to ensure that Russia’s illegal aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine fails and to support the Ukrainian people in their quest for a just peace rooted in respect for international law they said in a statement.
- The United States announced sanctions on more than 300 targets, trying to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and intensifying one of the toughest sanctions efforts ever imposed.
- During the meeting, U.S. President Joe Biden will announce a $375 million military aid plan for Ukraine that includes guns, ammo and HIMARS rocket launchers, a U.S. source said.
- Biden informed G7 leaders that Washington will back a joint effort with partners to train Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets.
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said his government wanted realistic steps to prevent the circumvention of sanctions placed on Russia.
- Britain released plans to ban imports of Russian gems, copper, metal and nickel and announced a new wave of sanctions against Russia, targeting companies linked to the alleged theft of Ukrainian grain.
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Zelenskiy on the steps of the G7 gathering in Hiroshima, India’s foreign minister said, their first meeting since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
- G7 leaders called on all members of the Black Sea grain deal “to continue and fully implement its smooth operation at its maximum potential and for as long as necessary,” it said in a statement.
- G7 leaders agreed on an effort to fight “economic coercion,” pledging action to ensure that any players trying to weaponise economic dependency would fail and face consequences.
- The G7 asked for the development and approval of international technical standards for “trustworthy” artificial intelligence (AI) as politicians of the rich countries focus on the new technology.
- G7 leaders renewed their pledge to a highly decarbonised road sector by 2030 and committed to the goal of achieving net-zero emissions on roads by 2050.
- The G7 must take the lead in cutting out fossil fuels, the leaders of seven countries including the Netherlands and Chile said, trying to build support for a global deal this year to gradually quit oil, coal and gas.
- The G7 thinks that publicly backed investment in the gas sector can be temporarily acceptable while countries are speeding the phasing-out of their dependency on Russia, a draft statement seen by Reuters showed.
*Leaders of the G7 called for a world without nuclear weapons asking Russia, Iran, China and North Korea to stop nuclear escalation and accept non-proliferation a statement provided by the White House showed.
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