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G7 leaders vow to tackle food crisis, keep pressure on Russia 

  • June 29, 2022
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All national dailies reported extensively on a joint communique released by the leaders of the G7 nations on Tuesday following their three-day summit in Elmau in southern Germany. In the communique, the leaders vowed to continue imposing sanctions on Russia and to tackle the food crisis and other global challenges, pledging a total of $4.5 billion toward alleviating the deepening global food crisis. On the idea of setting a price cap on imports of Russian oil, the leaders said they will consider a global ban on all services that allow the transportation of Russian seaborne crude and petroleum products “unless the oil is purchased at or below a price to be agreed in consultation with international partners.”  

 

Yomiuri wrote that although the G7 leaders agreed to seek a price cap as a further measure to stifle Russian financial sources for funding its war in Ukraine, they did not come up with more specific wording for the communique. Mainichi wrote that the United States took the lead in imposing a ban on imports of Russian gold and in seeking ways to impose a price cap on Russian oil.  

 

The papers wrote that the G7 leaders demonstrated solidarity by agreeing that they will continue support for Ukraine until Russia ends its war on the nation. Yomiuri wrote that President Biden led the discussion on support for Ukraine and the sanctions on Russia out of the strong sense of crisis that the international order would be undermined if Russia’s aggression is allowed, adding that USG officials patiently explained to their European counterparts the need for a ban on the import of Russian gold and a price cap on imports of Russian oil.   

 

On China, the G7 leaders’ communique said again this year: “We underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and encourage a peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues…. We reiterate the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo Pacific, which is inclusive and based on the rule of law.” They also urged Beijing to “respect universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, including in Tibet and in Xinjiang where forced labor is of major concern to us.” Having China in mind, the leaders expressed opposition to any attempts to change the status quo by force in the South and East China Seas.  

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