Leaders at the upcoming G7 summit in Germany will announce new steps aimed at pressuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, a senior US official said on Wednesday.
“We will roll out a concrete set of proposals to increase pressure on Russia,” the official said. US President Joe Biden flies on Saturday to join leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan at the summit in Bavaria.
The wealthy democracies club is at the heart of a fierce economic and diplomatic campaign to punish Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February and continues to fight battles in the eastern region of the pro-Western country, as well as to occupy entire swathes of the south.
After attending the G7 summit from Sunday to Tuesday, Biden will fly to Madrid for a NATO military alliance summit next week.
Ukraine and Russia will feature prominently in both diplomatic meetings as allies consider how to deal with the secondary impact of sanctions against Russia on their own economies, particularly by stoking high fuel prices .
“How do we maximize the pain of Putin’s regime? How do we minimize the impact on the rest of the world? And I think that’s exactly how the discussion about energy markets and energy market challenges energy will be framed,” a US official said, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity.
The official also confirmed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would address both summits, albeit via video link from his beleaguered country.
Beyond the worsening conflict with Russia, NATO is for the first time set to officially name China as a concern when leaders approve a new version of the alliance’s strategic concept.
It is “supposed to meet the challenges that we see coming from China. This will be the first time this document has done so. This was not included in the 2010 version of the document,” the official said.
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