The G7 will continue to put economic pressure on Russia and address the “wheat war”
The Foreign Ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) promised this Saturday reinforce Russia’s economic and political isolationcontinue to supply weapons to Ukraine and address what Germany described as a “wheat war” waged by Moscow.
After meeting in the Baltic Sea resort of Weissenhaus, senior diplomats from Great Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United States, and the European Union they also pledged to continue their military and defense assistance for “as long as necessary.”
They also said they will examine what they described as Russian misinformation aimed at blaming the West for food supply problems around the world, due to economic sanctions on Moscow, and urged China not to help Moscow or justify war, according to a joint statement.
“Have we done enough to mitigate the consequences of this war? It is not our war. It is a war of the president of Russia, but we have a global responsibility,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told reporters at the closing press conference.
The key to putting more pressure on Russia is ban or phase out the purchase of Russian oil and EU member states are expected to reach an agreement on the issue next week, even if Hungary is at this stage in opposition.
“We will accelerate our efforts to reduce and end dependence on Russian energy supplies as quickly as possible, based on G7 commitments to eliminate or ban imports of Russian coal and oil“, the statement said.
Ministers said they would add more sanctions on Russian elitesincluding economic actors, central government institutions and the armed forces, allowing President Valdimir Putin “to lead a war of his own choosing”.
The meeting in northern Germany, attended by the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Moldova, also highlighted concerns over food security and fears that the conflict could spread to its smaller neighbor Moldova.
“People will die in Africa and the Middle East and we are faced with an urgent question: how can you feed people around the world? People wonder what will happen if we don’t have the grain that we need and that we used to get from Russia and Ukraine,” Baerbock said.
He added that the G7 would work to find logistical solutions to transport vital commodities from Ukraine storage before the next harvests.
Attention now turns to Berlin when ministers meet later on Saturday with Sweden and Finlandpreparing to apply for transatlantic alliance membership, drawing threats of retaliation from Moscow and objections from NATO member Turkey.
“It is important that we have a consensus”Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly told reporters when asked about the possibility of Turkey blocking her accession.