Sanctions on Russia and the role of China on the G7 agenda

The leaders of the countries that make up the G7 will discuss this Friday in the Japanese city of hiroshima a hardening of the sanctions against Russia for his attack on Ukraine and economic protection measures against China.

The Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishidareceived this Thursday the US presidentJoe Bidenand the other rulers of the other six most advanced economies in the world -Germany, Canada, France, Italy and the United Kingdom- in Hiroshima, city symbol of nuclear destruction.

At the summit, which begins tomorrow, the leaders will try to forge a united front against Russia and China and address other pressing issues, but on which there is no consensus in the group.

Participate in this summit as a guest the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, which will also have several bilateral meetings.

“We arrived in Hiroshima, for the G7 meeting, the first in which Brazil has participated since 2009,” Lula reported on his social networks.

there will also be European Union (EU)), and Japan also invited the rulers of Indian and Indonesianamong others, seeking to get closer to developing countries in which China makes large investments.

Biden’s plane landed in the rain at a US base near hiroshima. The Democrat is the second president of his country, after Barack Obama, to visit this city devastated by an atomic bomb dropped by the United States in 1945, at the end of World War II.

The Russian invasion against Ukraine is a priority topic of the summit, at a time when kyiv is under several missile bombardments and after months of fierce fighting in Bakhmut, in the east, and in other cities on the front line.

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“We uphold shared values ​​including supporting the people of Ukraine defending their territorial sovereignty and fighting to hold Russia accountable for its brutal aggression,” Biden said when meeting with Kishida.

The United States and its allies have sent weapons to Ukraine to shore up its defense, but the announced counteroffensive by the kyiv forces has not materialized.

Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyplans to address the group by videoconference.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the rulers will seek to tighten the battery of sanctions against Russia, which according to official figures caused a 1.9% contraction in the Russian economy in the first quarter.

And later, a senior Biden administration official announced that the measures to be pushed by Washington are aimed at “significantly restricting Russia’s access to products necessary for its combat capabilities.”

The US will specifically ban US exports to 70 entities in Russia and other countries, and will apply 300 sanctions against various and varied targets, “people, organizations, ships and planes”, in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The US seeks to “put pressure on the (Russian) financial sector and Russian energy production capacity in the medium and long term,” said the senior White House official, who insisted that it is also about “maintaining the freezing of sovereign assets.” russians.

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