On May 21, the three-day summit of the “Big Seven” countries ended in Japan. Volodymyr Zelenskyi, Ukrainian President, joined the leaders of the seven largest Western economies of the European Union and the United States.
Shortly after the start of the summit, the participants of the meeting began to announce the strengthening of anti-russian sanctions. The British were the first to speak out: an expanded sanctions list was published on the government’s official website, which included 86 individuals and companies associated with the Russian energy, metallurgical, defense, transport and financial sectors. A ban on the import of russian diamonds, copper, aluminum and nickel was announced. France and other countries supported this initiative.
Washington also expanded the sanctions list, which imposed restrictions against 71 companies, 69 of which are Russian, and the rest are in one way or another connected to Russia. Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, also announced new sanctions as part of the 11th package. She said that the EU will put an end to Russian workarounds that help the terrorist country avoid sanctions.
But the main question was how to strengthen the alliance of civilized countries around the Victory of Ukraine. To do this, the G7 members issue a frank ultimatum to countries that support Russian aggression in one way or another, even if these countries allegedly publicly support Ukraine or remain neutral. And at the same time they buy Russian goods or otherwise support the Russian Federation. In their joint statement, the EU and USA leaders said, “The time has come to decide, because there was enough time to adapt to life without Russia. We will deprive Russia of G7 technologies, industrial equipment and services that support its military machine. We repeat our appeal to the third parties to immediately stop providing material support to the aggression of the Russian Federation, otherwise these countries will suffer serious costs.”
This is a very important message that demonstrates a clear position of the civilized world. And it shows that the Russian Federation is not at all perceived as a part of this world and it should be weakened as much as possible as a state entity.
The materials were prepared by Polina Romanova, the Ukrainian Women’s Guard, for the Free Idel-Ural
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