Zelensky will demand more weapons from the G-7 and tougher sanctions against Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, addressing the leaders of the Group of Seven united against Russia at their annual summit in Germany calls for more weapons for its country and a further tightening of Western sanctions on Moscow.

Zelensky will speak in video link during the meeting of the seven industrial powers, which began on Sunday at the castle of Elmau, at the foot of the Bavarian Alps.

The Ukrainian leader, who will also take part in the NATO summit in Madrid on Tuesday, wants to pressure the seven leaders to increase their support for his country, the day after Russia launched attacks on Kiev that US President Joe Biden called it “barbarians”.

The Ukrainian capital was bombed for the first time in weeks by Russian missiles on Sunday morning, amid continued violent battles in eastern Ukraine, at the moment. in whose bloody conflict entered its fifth month.

In a video clip on Sunday evening, Zelensky said: “A man who was only 37 was killed. There are injured, including a seven-year-old girl named Jenya, the daughter of the dead (…) her mother, who is a Russian citizen, was injured. There was nothing threatening her in our country, and she was safe until Russia decided that everything was hostile to her. ” in Ukraine.

He added: “The leaders of the Group of Seven (…) have sufficient joint capabilities to stop Russian aggression, but this will only be possible when we have everything we ask for. in timely manner: weapons, financial support and sanctions against Russia “.

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Ban on Russian gold

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, whose country hosts the Elmau summit, said this bombing reminds us once again that “it is right that we unite and support Ukraine”.

For his part, Biden said Putin was counting on “a split between NATO and the Group of Seven in in a way or another. But this did not happen and it will not happen “.

The seven industrialized nations (Germany, France, the United States, Canada, Japan, Italy and Great Britain) announced on the first day of the summit that they would expand sanctions against Moscow by imposing a ban on freshly mined Russian gold.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the measure would target “Russian oligarchs directly and would aim to overthrow Putin’s war machine,” noting that the West has previously adopted several sets of sanctions against Russia.

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Danger of food crisis

This is the first sign of support for Ukraine that the Heads of State and Government of the Group of Seven have shown during this summit, which is in much of it devoted to war in Ukraine and its consequences.

One of the most pressing issues is the food crisis that threatens part of the planet, while thousands of tons of wheat are blocked in Ukrainian silos due to the blockade or occupation by Russian forces of the ports in the Black Sea.

Downing Street said Johnson will call for “urgent action” on Ukraine’s grain exports on Monday, in one moment in which poor countries are on the verge of a food crisis.

This serious threat to many emerging countries will also be at the center of the discussions that the two heads of state and government are having with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, as well as with the leaders of the five invited countries. quest’year in Bavaria (India, Argentina, Senegal, Indonesia and South Africa). India, Senegal and South Africa had abstained from voting on a UN resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Indonesian President and G20 President Joko Widodo will visit soon in Ukraine and Russia to discuss the economic and humanitarian consequences of the Russian invasion.

Emerging economies are particularly vulnerable to food shortages, and the climate crisis is also an emergency that the seven leaders must discuss with their hosts.

With Russia’s gas shortage, environmental NGOs fear the G7 will give up on its pledges to end international funding for fossil fuels.

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