Biden to Meet Zelensky as G7 summit concludes in Japan
The G7 summit held in Bavaria last year was dominated by the agenda of Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The war began in June 2022. The G7 leaders at the time said that they were “appalled by Russia’s war of aggression” and pledged to provide financial assistance, humanitarian aid, and military and diplomatic support to Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the summit via a video link.
This year, Zelensky arrived on the second day of the summit in Hiroshima, Japan, to greet the leaders in person.
The Ukraine war has been at the forefront of the agenda. Zelensky’s arrival came hours after Washington announced that it would train Ukrainian fighter pilots using F-16 fighter planes made by the United States and allow allies to provide advanced warplanes for Kyiv.
The leaders also took a strong stance against what they called “economic coercion” – using trade to bully other countries – and called for China to “play by international rules”.
They stressed their commitment to “economic resilience” and vowed to take steps to “reduce excessive dependences in our critical supply chains” – a reference to how the G7 countries are still inextricably linked to China in trade.
But they also said they wanted “constructive and stable relations” with China.