G-7 Leaders End Summit Tuesday 06/28 06:16
Leaders of the world's wealthiest democracies struck a united stance to
support Ukraine for "as long as it takes" as Russia's invasion grinds on, and
said they would explore far-reaching steps to cap Kremlin income from oil sales
that are financing the war.
ELMAU, Germany (AP) -- Leaders of the world's wealthiest democracies struck
a united stance to support Ukraine for "as long as it takes" as Russia's
invasion grinds on, and said they would explore far-reaching steps to cap
Kremlin income from oil sales that are financing the war.
The final statement Tuesday from the Group of Seven summit in Germany
underlined their intent to impose "severe and immediate economic costs" on
Russia. It left out key details on how the fossil fuel price caps would work in
practice, setting up more discussion in the weeks ahead to "explore" measures
to bar imports of Russian oil above a certain level.
That would hit a key Russian source of income and, in theory, help relieve
the energy price spikes and inflation afflicting the global economy as a result
of the war.
"We remain steadfast in our commitment to our unprecedented coordination on
sanctions for as long as necessary, acting in unison at every stage," the
Leaders also agreed on a ban on imports of Russian gold and to step up aid
to countries hit with food shortages by the blockage on Ukraine grain shipments
through the Black Sea.
The price cap would in theory work by barring service provides such as
shippers or insurers from dealing with oil priced above a fixed level. That
could work because the service providers are mostly located in the European
Union or the U.K. and thus within reach of sanctions. To be effective, however,
it would have to involve as many consuming countries as possible, in particular
India, where refiners have been snapping up cheap Russian oil shunned by
Western traders. Details on how the proposal would be implemented were left for
continuing talks in coming weeks.
Before the summit's close, leaders joined in condemning what they called the
"abominable" Russian attack on a shopping mall in the town of Kremechuk,
calling it a war crime and vowing that President Vladimir Putin and others
involved "will be held to account."
The leaders of the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, the U.K., Canada and Japan
on Monday pledged to support Ukraine "for as long as it takes" after conferring
by video link with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The summit host, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, said he "once again very
emphatically set out the situation as Ukraine currently sees it." Zelenskyy's
address came hours before Ukrainian officials reported a deadly Russian missile
strike on a crowded shopping mall in the central city of Kremenchuk.
From the secluded Schloss Elmau hotel in the Bavarian Alps, the G-7 leaders
will move to Madrid for a summit of NATO leaders, where fallout from Russia's
invasion of Ukraine will again dominate the agenda. All G-7 members other than
Japan are NATO members, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has been
invited to Madrid.
Zelenskyy has openly worried that the West has become fatigued by the cost
of a war that is contributing to soaring energy costs and price hikes on
essential goods around the globe. The G-7 has sought to assuage those concerns.
While the group's annual gathering has been dominated by Ukraine and by the
war's knock-on effects, such as the challenge to food supplies in parts of the
world caused by the interruption of Ukrainian grain exports, Scholz has been
keen to show that the G-7 also can move ahead on pre-war priorities.
Members of the Group of Seven major economies pledged Tuesday to create a
new 'climate club' for nations that want to take more ambitious action to
tackle global warming.
The move, championed by Scholz, will see countries that join the club agree
on tougher measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the aim of keeping
global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) this
century compared with pre-industrial times.
Countries that are part of the club will try to harmonize their measures in
such a way that they are comparable and avoid members imposing climate-related
tariffs on each others' imports.
Speaking at the end of the three-day summit in Elmau, Germany, Scholz said
the aim was to "ensure that protecting the climate is a competitive advantage,
not a disadvantage."
He said details of the planned climate club would be finalized this year.