Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will personally attend the G7 summit in Hiroshima in Japan, where leaders of major industrial powers announced new sanctions against Russia’s “war machine”.
The visit by the Ukrainian president, who was initially scheduled to speak via videoconferencing, was confirmed to AFP by a source close to him, who did not specify when he would arrive. The summit is scheduled for Friday through Sunday.
“Very important things are being decided, and that is why the presence of our president is absolutely necessary to protect our interests,” said Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the Ukrainian Security Council.
After his recent European tour, Zelensky will have an opportunity to reiterate his request for fighters in Japan to better repel Russian aggression.
Several European countries such as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands announced this week that they would work so that Ukraine can receive the F-16 aircraft, although the final delivery must be authorized by Washington.
In Hiroshima, the city that fell victim to the first atomic bombing in history, in 1945, the leaders of the seven major industrial powers will toughen their sanctions against Russia and adopt a common position regarding China.
The United States set the tone on Friday by announcing new sanctions against Moscow to restrict its access to “products essential to its combat capabilities,” a senior White House official said.
Specifically, Washington will impose sanctions on US exports to 70 entities in Russia and other countries.