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Crises on the menu of the G7 summit

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Published on: 06/26/2022 – 07:12 The leaders of the G7 countries are meeting in the mountains of southern Germany from Sunday, at the bedside of a world in crisis, from the war in Ukraine to the food security and climate. Leaders of the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan meet Sunday, June 26, for a three-day summit at Schloss Elmau , a luxury hotel located in the Bavarian mountains, to try to increase the pressure on Russia, whose invasion of Ukraine has triggered phenomena of food and energy shortages. Thousands of police are mobilized to secure the meeting , scheduled until Tuesday in a luxury resort at the foot of the peaks. On Saturday, a hundred kilometers away, thousands of demonstrators marched, without notable incident, in the streets of Munich to demand stronger action in favor of the climate. The enchanting setting of Elmau Castle, not far from the Austrian border, promises beautiful images of the seven leaders but will not make us forget the multiple current crises. Continued support for Ukraine, where the Russian offensive is entering its fifth month, will be at the heart of this meeting and then the NATO summit, which will be held over two days in Madrid from June 28. The war in Ukraine at the heart of the debates Chancellor Olaf Scholz, host of the G7, recalled this week: support for Ukraine will require “perseverance” because “we are still a long way” from peace negotiations between kyiv and Moscow. The war in Ukraine could indeed last “for years”, warned NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who will speak on Monday by videoconference, should again request the shipment of heavy weapons , after the Russians have just taken control of Severodonetsk, in the east of the country.Joe Biden wants to demonstrate to his allies that standing up to Russia and facing China are complementary, not opposed, according to John Kirby, White House communication coordinator on strategic issues. The G7 summit should lead to “a set of concrete proposals to increase pressure on Russia and show our collective support for Ukraine”, thus assured a senior White House official. He did not detail these possible measures while several sanctions have already been decided by the West against the regime of Vladimir Putin. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged, on the eve of the summit, the leaders of the G7 not to not “abandon Ukraine”, warning against any “fatigue” in supporting kyiv and announcing additional economic aid. The White House, however, sweeps away all Western weariness: “We have not seen fractures and cracks” within NATO, said John Kirby. to trigger an energy crisis in Europe before a winter that promises to be tense, should be on the menu for discussions from Sunday. The leaders will indeed begin their talks with a session on the world economy, in the grip of galloping inflation, linked in particular to rising energy and food costs. The participation in the G7 of Indonesia, India, Senegal, South Africa and Argentina, emerging economies particularly exposed to the risk of food shortages and the climate crisis, aims to forge common responses to these challenges. Climate actors are also expecting concrete progress from the G7, including the “planning” for the complete elimination of fossil fuels. Bilateral discussions will complete the sessions, starting on Sunday morning with a meeting between the German Olaf Scholz and Joe Biden, two leaders in a difficult position in their own country. The German Chancellor has thus seen his popularity drop in recent months, for lack of showing firm support for kyiv. He is betting on this G7 to restore his image in Germany and abroad. The American president faces an even more fractured America after the Supreme Court challenged the right to abortion in a country hit by the brunt of strong inflation. Emmanuel Macron, their French counterpart, failed a week ago to obtain an absolute majority and will have to deal with other parties, an unprecedented obligation for him. As for Boris Johnson, weakened by “Partygate”, he saw his party lose two local elections this week and seems to be on borrowed time. With AFP

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