Leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States say they will continue to support Ukraine for ‘as long as it takes’.The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), composed of the world’s wealthiest democracies, have promised to “stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes” amid the ongoing invasion by Russia.
The leaders, who met for a second day of a summit in a German castle in the Bavarian Alps on Monday, said in a joint statement they will continue to “provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support” to Ukraine.
They also pledged to continue “sustaining and intensifying international economic and political pressure” on the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin “and its enablers in Belarus”.
The leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States released the statement after hearing from Russian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy via video link.
The Ukrainian president “gave a very clear response that now is not the time for negotiations” with Russia, the French presidency said following the meeting.
As @G7 we stand united on Ukraine’s side and will continue our support. For this, we all have to take tough but necessary decisions. Thank you, @ZelenskyyUa, for your participation today. We will continue to increase pressure on Putin. This war has to come to an end. #G7GER pic.twitter.com/avuvN5auPB
— Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz (@Bundeskanzler) June 27, 2022
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