President Zelensky says Ukraine war must end by winter as he calls on G7 leaders to supply anti-aircraft systems and even tougher Russian sanctions
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed G7 leaders via video link
- Zelensky said he wanted Russia’s war in Ukraine ended by the end of the year
- He also asked for help exporting grain from Ukraine and for reconstruction aid
Zelensky also asked for anti-aircraft defence systems, more sanctions on Russia and security guarantees as he addressed leaders at the G7 summit, a European official said.
Addressing the summit in the Bavarian Alps via video link, Zelenskiy also asked for help to export grain from Ukraine and for reconstruction aid, the European official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Zelenskiy addressed the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States by video link on Monday, the second day of the three-day G7 summit in southern Germany.
The G7 leaders will commit on Tuesday to a new package of coordinated actions meant to raise pressure on Russia over its war in Ukraine, and will finalize plans for a price cap on Russian oil, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.
The announcement came amid news that Russia defaulted on its foreign sovereign bonds for the first time since the Bolshevik coup more than a century ago, as sweeping sanctions effectively cut the country off from the global financial system and rendered its assets untouchable to many investors. .
A U.S. official said on Monday the default showed how dramatically the sanctions were impacting Russia’s economy. The official was speaking to reporters as the White House released a fact sheet detailing potential G7 actions to support Ukraine and further stem Moscow’s oil revenues.
‘The dual objectives of G7 leaders have been to take direct aim at (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s revenues, particularly through energy, but also to minimize the spillovers and the impact on the G7 economies and the rest of the world,’ the U.S. official said on the sidelines of the annual G7 summit.
G7 nations, which account for nearly half the world’s economic output, are determined to crank up the pressure on Russia without stoking already soaring inflation that is particularly hurting the global south. The price cap could hit the Kremlin’s war chest while actually lowering energy prices.
G7 leaders will also make an ‘unprecedented, long-term security commitment to providing Ukraine with financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support as long as it takes’, including the timely provision of advanced weapons, the White House said in a fact sheet.
Western sanctions have hit Russia’s economy hard and the new measures are aimed at further depriving the Kremlin of oil revenues. G7 countries will work with others – including India – to limit the revenues that Putin can continue to generate, the according to the U.S. official.
‘This morning’s news around the finding of Russia’s default, for the first time in more than a century, situates just how strong the actions are that the U.S., along with allies and partners, have taken, as well as how dramatic the impact has been on Russia’s economy,’ the official added.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today told G7 leaders he wanted Russia ‘s war in Ukraine ended by the end of the year before the winter sets in