G7 agree to ‘starve the Russian war machine’

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The G7 demands that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraws its troops and military equipment from the entire internationally recognised territory of Ukraine”.

It adds that “a just peace cannot be realised without the complete and unconditional withdrawal of Russian troops and military equipment and this must be included in any call for peace”.

The leaders say “our support for Ukraine will not waver” and the countries “stand together against Russia’s illegal, unjustifiable and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine”.

In a statement, leaders from the Group of Seven nations said they would “starve Russia of G7 technology, industrial equipment and services that support its war machine”.

The measures will restrict the export of items “critical to Russia on the battlefield”.

Sanctions will also target groups accused of moving material to the front for Moscow.

Earlier, we reported the G7 had agreed on further sanctions against Moscow and had renewed its commitment to providing “financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support” to Ukraine.

The G7 leaders are holding their annual meeting in Hiroshima, Japan.

They have agreed new sanctions to “starve the Russian war machine”, a statement says.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky will attend the summit on Sunday, a Ukrainian official reports.

Zelensky has confirmed his arrival in Saudi Arabia, where he will attend the Arab League summit.

“The physical presence of our president is absolutely important in order to defend our interests,” Oleksiy Danilov says.

The G7 comprises the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – but eight other nations have been invited this year.