Ukraine crisis: G7 leaders pledge further economic isolation of Russia

After a virtual meeting, the leaders say they would cut off key services on which Russia depends



A demonstrator holds a poster during an anti-war protest against Russia in Tbilisi. — AP
A demonstrator holds a poster during an anti-war protest against Russia in Tbilisi. — AP

By Agencies

Published: Sun 8 May 2022, 9:12 PM

The Group of Seven leaders said in a joint statement on Sunday that they will reinforce Russia’s economic isolation and “elevate” a campaign against Russian elites who support President Vladimir Putin.

After meeting virtually with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the leaders said they would cut off key services on which Russia depends, reinforcing the isolation of Russia “across all sectors of its economy”.

They also committed to phasing out dependency on Russian energy, including by banning imports of Russian oil.

“(We) will continue and elevate our campaign against the financial elites and family members, who support President Putin in his war effort and squander the resources of the Russian people,” the statement added.

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The United States on Sunday unveiled sanctions against three Russian television stations, banned Americans from providing accounting and consulting services to Russians, and sanctioned executives from Gazprombank to punish Moscow for its war in Ukraine.

Putin calls the war a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and rid it of anti-Russian nationalism fomented by the West. Ukraine and its allies say Russia launched an unprovoked war.

A joint statement by the leaders of the group said Putin’s “unprovoked war of aggression” in Ukraine has brought “shame on Russia and the historic sacrifices of its people”.

“Russia has violated the international rules-based order, particularly the UN Charter, conceived after the Second World War to spare successive generations from the scourge of war,” said the statement.

“We remain united in our resolve that President Putin must not win his war against Ukraine,” it said.


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