World leaders, including US President Joe Biden, will seek to close ranks at back-to-back summits from Sunday by offering strong support to help Ukraine repel Russian invaders as relentless war puts international unity at risk. the test. Follow the TSWT liveblog for all the latest news. Every hour in Paris time (GMT+2).
6:24 am: Western leaders turn to G7 summit to renew resolution on Ukraine
World leaders, including US President Joe Biden, will seek to close ranks at back-to-back summits from Sunday by offering strong support to help Ukraine repel Russian invaders as relentless war puts international unity at risk. the test.
In the face-to-face talks, the allies will take stock of the effectiveness of the sanctions imposed so far against Vladimir Putin’s Russia, consider possible new military and financial aid to Ukraine and begin to look to longer-term reconstruction plans.
But they will also struggle to maintain a united front as the fallout from the war – from soaring inflation to looming food shortages to fears over energy supplies – tugs at their resolve.
Ahead of the G7 summit of the most industrialized nations to be held from Sunday in the Bavarian mountain resort of Elmau Castle, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has warned that the allies will need stamina to strengthen Ukraine.
“The truth is that we are still a long way from negotiations between Ukraine and Russia” because Putin “still believes in the possibility of a dictated peace,” Scholz said on Wednesday.
“It is therefore all the more important that we firmly stay the course – with our sanctions, with internationally coordinated arms deliveries, with our financial support for Ukraine.”
5:15 am: Ukraine’s EU bid will strengthen Europe, says Zelensky
President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine’s formal application to join the European Union was a big step towards strengthening Europe at a time when Russia was testing its freedom and unity.
Zelensky told EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday that their decision to accept Kyiv’s bid was one of the most important for Ukraine since it split from the Soviet Union 31 years ago.
“But this decision is not only taken for the benefit of Ukraine. It is the biggest step towards the strengthening of Europe that could have been taken at this time, in our time, and while the Russian war tests our ability to preserve freedom and unity,” he said.
(TSWT with TSWT, TSWT and REUTERS)