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G7 vows to reinforce Russia’s isolation

Group also pledges to continue their military and defence aid for as long as necessary

Reuters Weissenhaus, Germany Published 15.05.22, 01:21 AM
Annalena Baerbock (R) with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Annalena Baerbock (R) with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Twitter/@ABaerbock

Group of Seven foreign ministers vowed on Saturday to reinforce Russia’s economic and political isolation, continue supplying weapons to Ukraine and tackle what Germany’s foreign minister described as a “wheat war” being waged by Moscow.

After meeting at a 400-year-old castle estate in the Baltic Sea resort of Weissenhaus, senior diplomats from Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the US and the EU also pledged to continue their military and defence assistance for “as long as necessary”.


They would also tackle what they called Russian misinformation aimed at blaming the West for food supply issues around the world due to economic sanctions on Moscow and urged China to not assist Moscow or justify Russia’s war, according to a joint statement.

“Have we done enough to mitigate the consequences of this war? It is not our war. It’s a war by the President of Russia, but we have global responsibility,” Germany’s foreign minister Annalena Baerbock told reporters at a closing news conference.

Key to putting more pressure on Russia is to ban or phase out buying Russian oil with EU member states expected next week to reach an agreement on the issue even if it remains at this stage opposed by Hungary.

“We will expedite our efforts to reduce and end reliance on Russian energy supplies and as quickly as possible, building on G7 commitments to phase out or ban imports of Russian coal and oil,” the statement said.

The ministers said they would add further sanctions on Russian elites, including economic actors, central government institutions and the military. The meeting in northern Germany, which the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Moldova attended, also spotlighted food security concerns.

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