Leaders of the seven most industrialized nations on Friday agreed new sanctions on Ukraine to “deny Russia of G7 technology, industrial equipment and services”.
“We reaffirm our commitment to a common front against Russia’s illegal, unjustified and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine,” the heads of state and government of the grouping of major industrial democracies declared.
The package, announced at a summit in Hiroshima, Japan, includes a ban on the export of goods “critical to Russia on the battlefield” as well as a crackdown on entities accused of leaking material for Moscow’s benefit.
The G7 heads of state began their meeting on Friday in the Japanese city, which was destroyed by an atomic bomb dropped by the United States in 1945, and are expected on Sunday to receive Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat. Will come from Jeddah. ,
The United States this morning announced new sanctions against Moscow to limit Russia’s access to “products essential to its combat capabilities”.
The United Kingdom in turn announced measures against the Russian mining sector and the diamond industry in particular, AFP reported.
In a statement, the G7 also pledged to “prohibit the trade and use of diamonds mined, treated or produced in Russia” using tracking technologies.
Beyond sanctions against Russia, the G7 leaders paid tribute to the victims of the atomic bomb that destroyed the Japanese city in 1945 at the end of World War II.
Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida welcomed the heads of state and government of seven industrialized democracies, including several nuclear powers, one by one, at the Peace Memorial Park.
The host president wants to put nuclear disarmament on the agenda of the summit starting this Friday and hopes to approve his so-called Hiroshima Action Plan, presented in 2022, which includes not using nuclear weapons, transparency on arsenals and new commitments is included. Reduction in weapons, reported AFP.
However, no significant progress is expected on this issue during the summit.
G7 leaders including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron lay wreaths at the funeral monument commemorating the nearly 140,000 people killed by the US atomic bomb dropped on August 6, 1945.
He also visited the Peace Memorial Museum, which witnessed the horrors of the atomic bombing, and met Keiko Ogura, a survivor who was eight years old at the time of the bombing.