Zelensky becomes the focus of attention at the G7 summit with a weekend marked by multiple bilateral meetings, sanctions against Russia and the offer of fighters.
The leaders of the G7 began today a meeting with the Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, focused on the military support for Kiev in the face of the war in Ukraine, within the framework of the summit that is being held in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
The day before, the Ukrainian president discussed EU membership and future peace with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. Who also transferred the will of the Twenty-seven to offer fighters after the United States allowed the shipment of the F-16. Zelenski appreciated the decision of his associates regarding the combat planes.
“I think it is not a decision that we are going to have all these defensive measures tomorrow. We have to prepare ourselves. But in any case, it is an excellent achievement. Thanks to all the countries, to our partners,” Zelenski pointed out.
The leaders also urged China to put pressure on Russia to end the war. They criticized the Asian giant’s position on Russia and Taiwan, and its economic monopoly.
The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, has denounced that the G7 seeks with its decisions a “double containment” between Russia and China.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, defended this Sunday the position of his government and Germany to lower the tone towards China in the final statement of the G7 published the day before, and called for a “dialogue with demands” with the Asian giant.
“This is a European position. The objective is to reduce the risk in the value chain, but not to disassociate, but to commit and reach a balance,” Macron told the media during the last day of the G7 leaders’ meeting that is taking place. celebrating in Hiroshima (western Japan).
The G7 said this Saturday that it will take measures to invest in its own economies and reduce its “excessive dependence” on China for “critical” supplies, without this approach seeking in any way to undermine the development of Beijing.
In the final declaration of the G7 summit held in the Japanese city of Hiroshima, published this Saturday, the bloc’s leaders indicated that they believe that a resilient economy “requires de-risking and diversifying,” and advocated taking steps individually and collectively in their own economies.