G7: new sanctions to deprive Moscow of resources that “support its war enterprise”
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The leaders of the G7 countries meeting in Hiroshima, Japan, decided on Friday on new sanctions aimed at “depriving Russia of the G7 technologies, industrial equipment and services that support its war enterprise
The move comes after the United States, United Kingdom and European Union announced new efforts to harden their stance against Moscow, 15 months after Vladimir Putin's Russian invasion of Ukraine. /p>
Today, “we reaffirmed our commitment to stand together against Russia's illegal, unjustifiable and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine”, the Heads of State and government of the group of major industrialized democracies in the world, with which the EU is associated.
The new measures include restrictions on exports of goods “essential to Russia on the battlefield”, as well as the targeting of entities accused of bringing material to the front line on behalf of Moscow, according to a statement. /p>
The United States set the tone by announcing new sanctions against Moscow on Friday morning to “significantly restrict Russia's access to products necessary for its combat capabilities”.
The United Kingdom followed by announcing new measures targeting the Russian mining sector, including its lucrative diamond industry, which brings in several billion dollars each year for Moscow.
In its statement, the G7 said is also committed to “restricting the trade and use of diamonds mined, processed or produced in Russia”, in particular by using tracking technologies.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is also expected in person in Hiroshima for this summit scheduled until Sunday, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to AFP on Friday, who did not specify when it would arrive.
Mr. Zelensky has just completed a tour of several European countries, and the official program of the Hiroshima summit initially provided for his intervention on Sunday by videoconference.
“Very important things will be decided on the spot, and therefore the presence, the presence of our president in person is absolutely essential to defend our interests,” Ukrainian Security Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said.