G7, “Putin must not win”. New deadly weapons for Ukraine to resist Moscow

Heavy weapons, anti-aircraft systems, new sanctions, oil price caps and a gold embargo. G7 leaders, gathered in the glass “war room” of Elmau Castle overlooking the Bavarian Alps, in a video conference with Volodymyr Zelensky, assured the Ukrainian president of their support “for as long as necessary”. Vladimir Putin’s reaction is immediate, two missiles explode a shopping mall in Kremenchuk, in the center of the country, causing at least a dozen deaths. The big seven trust the owner with the answer, as clear as it is cold: relations with Moscow “are permanently damaged”, says Olaf Scholz clearly. Furthermore. “They can’t go back to the way they were before the war,” he says. Zelensky assures that it will not be the Ukrainians “who will be defeated. We will defeat them”, he says, stressing how “no Russian missile” can “break the morale” of those who resist and ask for the support of the G7 on 5 points: anti-aircraft systems, security, grain exports, sanctions and reconstruction.

The commitment of the big names is present on all fronts, including the willingness to “continue to coordinate efforts” to meet Ukraine’s “urgent” demands in terms of military and defense equipment. Mario Draghi also chooses the hard line. “Putin must not win. We remain united in support of Ukraine because if Ukraine loses, all democracies lose”. If Kiev falls, the reasoning goes, “it will be harder to argue that democracy is an effective model of government.” The prime minister then continues his battle – moral, geopolitical and economic – on the energy front. “We have to keep working on how to put a cap on the price of gas,” he insists, supporting the price cap on oil expensive to Joe Biden.

The Sherpas, according to sources close to the dossier, agreed to urgently give the G7 energy ministers a mandate to study the application of the pricecap to energy. “A step forward – underline the same sources – in relation to Brussels, which had given the month of October as a reference”. Then there is the wheat crisis on the table. “Russia bears a huge responsibility for the growing threats to global food security after the conflict. We urgently call on Moscow – the big names have put pen to paper – to cease, without conditions, its attacks on agricultural and transport infrastructure and allow the free passage of agricultural shipments from Ukrainian Black Sea ports”.

For some time Draghi has insisted on a solution under the aegis of the UN and now, after speaking at the summit, Italian sources define Secretary General Antonio Guterres as “optimistic”. Draghi also talks about energy and international balance, in two bilateral meetings, with the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and with the Argentine President, Alberto Ángel Fernandez, current president of CELAC, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. Tomorrow the session on multilateral and digital orders, which will be preceded by a Biden-Scholz-Johnson-Macron meeting, will wrap up the summit and then the leaders – with the exception of Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida – will fly to Madrid to the NATO summit, which will be decisive in coordinating on a practical level the weapons and know-how to help Kiev.

Source: Iltempo