G7 summit to announce measures rising ‘strain on Russia’: US official

A German nationwide flag and a flag for the G7 Summit fly within the wind in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Photograph: AFP/File

WASHINGTON: Leaders on the upcoming G7 summit in Germany will announce new measures aimed toward pressuring Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, a senior US official mentioned Wednesday.

“We’ll roll out a concrete set of proposals to extend strain on Russia,” the official mentioned. US President Joe Biden flies Saturday to hitch the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan on the summit in Bavaria.

The membership of rich democracies is on the coronary heart of a fierce financial and diplomatic marketing campaign to punish Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February and continues to wage battles throughout the pro-Western nation´s jap area, in addition to occupying swaths of the south.

After attending the G7 summit from Sunday to Tuesday, Biden will fly to Madrid for a summit of the NATO army alliance subsequent week.

Ukraine and Russia will characteristic closely in each diplomatic gatherings as allies ponder the right way to climate the secondary influence from sanctions in opposition to Russia on their very own economies — significantly in stoking excessive gas costs.

“How can we maximize ache on Putin´s regime? How can we reduce spill-backs again to the remainder of the world? And I believe that´s precisely how the dialogue round power markets and power market challenges will get framed,” a US official mentioned, talking to reporters on situation of anonymity.

The official additionally confirmed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would handle each summits, albeit by video hyperlink from his embattled nation.

Past the deepening battle with Russia, NATO is ready for the primary time to formally identify China as a priority when leaders log out on a brand new model of the alliance´s strategic idea.

It’s “anticipated to handle the challenges that we´re seeing coming from China. This would be the first time that this doc has accomplished that. That was not included within the 2010 model of the doc,” the official mentioned.

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