G7 Summit Bloc insists support for Ukraine ‘will never waver’
The G7 leaders have made it clear that they will not waver in their support for Ukraine despite the Middle East tensions continuing to swell.
During a meeting of the G7 in Japan, the foreign ministers acknowledged that Russia is prepared for a long conflict.
In a statement, they confirmed that they would continue to provide economic and military support to Kyiv.
Since last year’s invasion, the group of rich countries has led the sanctions campaign against Moscow.
UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada, and the US all said that the Israel-Gaza war should not distract from Ukraine support in Tokyo.
According to a statement from the Japanese foreign ministry, leaders agreed to continue to support Ukraine despite the current Middle East situation, even under severe sanctions against Russia.
The bloc stood “united in its condemnation of Russia’s war,” according to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Despite the strong rhetoric, tensions are growing as the war drags on.
The Ukrainian government is concerned that Western countries’ “Ukraine fatigue” is eroding its ability to contain Russia.
Congress has blocked President Joe Biden’s request for $60bn (£49bn) of additional US funding for Ukraine. Ukrainian forces could face disastrous consequences if aid runs out within weeks, according to American officials.
Georgia Meloni, the Italian prime minister, told Russian pranksters posing as African Union officials last week that “fatigue” with the Ukraine war was rising. “We are reaching the point where everyone understands that we need a solution,” she said.
The new Slovakian prime minister, Robert Fico, halted the delivery of weapons to Ukraine when he took office last month.
Mr Zelensky responded by urging Ukrainians not to “drown in internecine conflict”.