The G7 noted full solidarity and support for Ukraine’s courageous defense of its sovereignty and territorial integrity and its struggle for a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future.
The G7 leaders pledged continued support for Ukraine in resisting Russian aggression and condemned the Russian invasion. They also pledged to increase pressure on Russia, in particular, by abandoning Russian oil and gas.
This is stated in a statement published on the website of the White House by the leaders of the G7 countries following a virtual meeting with President Vladimir Zelensky, which was held on Sunday.
The statement notes that 77 years after the Second World War, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his regime decided to invade Ukraine.
“Such actions dishonor Russia and the historic sacrifices of its people… Russia violated the rules-based international order, in particular the UN charter, conceived after World War II to spare succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” the statement said.
The G7 emphasized full solidarity and support for Ukraine’s courageous defense of its sovereignty and territorial integrity and its struggle for a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future.
“President Zelensky stated that Ukraine’s ultimate goal is to ensure the complete withdrawal of Russian military forces and equipment throughout Ukraine and ensure its ability to defend itself in the future, and thanked the members of the G7 for their support. In this regard, Ukraine stressed that it is counting on its international partners, in particular the members of the G7, in providing the necessary assistance in the field of defense capability, as well as in order to ensure a quick and effective recovery of the Ukrainian economy and ensure its economic and energy security,” the G7 leaders noted.
The leaders of the G7 countries promised to continue military and defense assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, support Ukraine in protecting its networks from cyber attacks and expand cooperation, including on information security issues. “We will continue to support Ukraine in improving its economic and energy security,” the statement said.
Increasing financial support for Ukraine
The G7 countries in the coming weeks promise to increase short-term financial support to Ukraine, which will help close financial gaps and provide basic services to the population.
Western countries also plan to develop options for long-term support aimed at rebuilding the country and reconstructing destroyed infrastructure facilities.
The statement recalls that since the beginning of the war, the G7, together with the international community, have already “provided and promised additional support to Ukraine” in excess of $24 billion .
Tougher sanctions against Russia
Separately, the statement notes that the G7 countries will continue to impose serious and immediate economic sanctions against Russia and Putin for this unjustified war.
In particular, they pledge to reduce their dependence on Russian energy resources, including by “phasing out or banning the import of Russian oil.” This is planned to be done “in an orderly manner” so that the world has time to secure alternative sources of supply.
It is also planned to increase the isolation of Russia in all sectors of its economy. “We will take steps to ban or otherwise prevent the provision of key services on which Russia depends,” the statement said.
Restrictions will also be tightened against Russian banks, which are systemically critical for the Russian financial system and which are connected with the global economy. “We have already seriously impaired Russia’s ability to finance its war of conquest by imposing sanctions on its Central Bank and major financial institutions,” the G7 leaders say.
Additional sanctions will be imposed against Russian financial elites and their families who support President Putin in his military actions and “burn through the resources of the Russian people.”
The fight against Russian propaganda
The fight against the attempts of the Russian regime to spread its propaganda will also continue. “Respectable private companies should not provide profits to the Russian regime or its affiliates that fuel the Russian war machine,” the statement said.
In addition, the G7 will continue to oppose the Russian disinformation strategy, which deliberately manipulates public opinion in the hope of hiding the guilt of the Russian regime in this war.
The impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on the world
In their statement, the G7 leaders noted that the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine leads to global economic problems. In particular, we are talking about the negative impact on the global supply of energy, fertilizers and food, as well as on the functioning of global logistics in general.
Food security in the world deserves special attention. “We call on Russia to end the blockade and any other activity that further hinders Ukrainian food production and exports, in line with its international obligations. Failure to do so will be seen as an attack on world food security,” the statement said.
The leading countries of the world promise to intensify efforts to help Ukraine maintain inspection production for the next harvest season and export agricultural products, including by alternative routes.
“The G7 and Ukraine are united at this difficult time in their quest to secure a democratic, prosperous future for Ukraine. We remain united in our determination that President Putin does not win his war against Ukraine. We owe it to the memory of all those who fought for freedom in World War II continue to fight for it, for the people of Ukraine, Europe and the world community,” the statement concluded.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was invited to today’s G7 summit .
This summit was expected to demonstrate the unity of the West in its opposition to Russian aggression. In addition, it was supposed to discuss new sanctions against Russia, including an embargo on the purchase of oil in the Russian Federation.
Head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak noted that the G7 countries once again showed full and unconditional solidarity with Ukraine in the struggle for freedom and independence. He also announced that a very powerful joint statement would be adopted as a result of the meeting.