Ukraine dominates the leaders’ agenda
The war in Ukraine continues to dominate the agenda in the second day of the G7 which takes place in Elmau, in Bavaria, which saw the participation in videoconference by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Leaders from the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US arrived yesterday in the Bavarian town with the aim of increasing pressure on Russia and mitigating the negative impacts of the conflict. Leaders used the summit as a forum to announce a ban on gold imports from Russia, under consideration, and a joint infrastructure initiative to counter Chinese influence in middle-income countries.
Talks are also underway for a possible ceiling on the price of oil. The presidents of the Commission and the European Council, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, also took part in the meetings yesterday. Germany holds the G7 presidency and Chancellor Olaf Scholz will host leaders from India, Indonesia, Argentina, Senegal and South Africa today to discuss the climate crisis, public health and energy security. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is expected to connect via videoconference to talk about the food crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine, which has reached its fifth month.
The war prevents cereals from leaving Ukraine’s ports and makes food more expensive globally, with experts and NGOs warning of the potential for famines in parts of Africa and beyond. A security zone around Elmau Castle, where Germany also held the 2015 G7, prevents access to the area for anyone without a pass. About 18 thousand police officers are on duty in the area to maintain order during the demonstrations scheduled for these days.
ZELENSKY – G7 leaders gathered in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, for the fourth session of the summit’s work, dedicated to the war in Ukraine. The CCTV cameras, connected to the press room in Garmisch-Partenkirchern, about twenty kilometers away from the castle, framed the heads of state and government seated at the table, and then passed on to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in videocollegamento, which thanked all the leaders of the G7 for their support, Italian sources report.
JOHNSON – Boris Johnson is “impressed by the continued unity” of the G7 on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On the sidelines of the Elmau summit in Germany, quoted by the BBC, the British premier said: “There is no agreement that President Zelensky can really do, so, in these circumstances, the G7 and those who support Ukraine in the world must continue to help Ukrainians rebuild the economy, export grain and protect themselves. ” Johnson then admitted that the situation in the southeast remains “very difficult”, but Kiev has shown “an incredible ability to resist and change the situation at the military level”.