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Why G7 will continue to battle Russia, by U.S.

RUSSIA will not be given space to breathe until it ends its aggression against Ukraine, the G7, a group made of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and others decided at a recent meeting. 

The Director of the Office of Western European Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, Howard Solomon, gave details of the meeting at a briefing in Washington DC. Solomon said the G7 would ensure the sovereignty of Ukraine is respected. 

“Secretary Blinken returned from the G7 last week, where we addressed several challenges and reflected what our unity with European allies and partners has accomplished so far.  The United States with the G7 has imposed massive consequences and severe costs on Russia after President Putin decided to launch his unprovoked and devastating full-scale invasion of Ukraine.  We’ve imposed unprecedented sanctions and export controls that have directly impacted the Russian military’s ability to wage war.   

“These efforts, coordinated with our NATO Allies and partners, have strengthened Ukraine’s battlefield capabilities and weakened Russia’s.  Along these lines, Russia’s war has made clearer than ever the urgency of promoting and defending the values and ideals that the United States and the G7 represent.  And it has affirmed the vital importance of the U.S.-EU relationship.  As Secretary Blinken said, it has also demonstrated how the dream of a Europe whole, free, and at peace continues to motivate those in Europe and beyond working for a more secure, more just, and more prosperous world,” Solomon said. 

The G7, he added, is providing economic and humanitarian support to Ukraine as Moscow tries to make up for Russia’s deficits or defeats on the battlefield by targeting civilian infrastructure, including heat, water, and electricity, impacting Ukrainian men, women, children, and the elderly.  

 Russia, Solomon revealed, has destroyed some 40 percent of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure that provide many Ukrainian homes, schools, hospitals with heat in the wintertime, when temperatures can drop to -20 degrees Celsius.  

“Violently uprooting tens of thousands of Ukrainians from their homes and deporting them to Russia through so-called human filtration operations was not enough.  Russian officials have been spreading fear throughout the world with talk about using nuclear weapons.”

The G7, he said, will continue to address Russia’s latest escalations together, standing firm with Ukraine.  

“On infrastructure, the G7 agreed to create a new coordination group to help repair, restore, and defend Ukraine’s energy grid.  The G7 is focusing more of our security support on helping Ukraine protect against these attacks, strengthening air defenses, and ramping up defense production.  On energy, the United States has exported 53 billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas to Europe.  That’s nearly two and a half times what we exported in 2021 and will provide our friends with a vital reserve as they head into the winter,” Solomon said. 

He said the group was investing $4.5 billion to strengthen food security, and more than half of that is coming from the United States.  

The U.S., he said, is deeply committed to strengthening the transatlantic relationship and working with it’s allies and partners to address global challenges and opportunities.  

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