G-7 summit in Italy: USA and Ukraine signal safety settlement | EUROtoday

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DThe USA and Ukraine have concluded a safety settlement with a time period of ten years. The Americans have promised Kiev, amongst different issues, additional army assist, cooperation with regard to the arms trade and the alternate of intelligence data. US President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy wished to signal the settlement on Thursday night on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in southern Italy.

With the settlement, the United States pledges additional help towards Russia's battle of aggression and potential future assaults, however with out offering any safety ensures. The USA additionally needs to assist the companion nation change into match for NATO membership.

The settlement broadly regulates cooperation between the 2 nations at varied ranges, together with with regard to army tools, coaching and maneuvers. At the identical time, Ukraine is named upon to implement varied reforms: for instance within the areas of justice, regulation enforcement and the combat towards corruption, but in addition in army capabilities and constructions so as to obtain NATO requirements in the long run.

Volodymyr Zelensky during the G-7 summit in Italy

Volodymyr Zelensky through the G-7 summit in Italy

Source: dpa/Christopher Furlong

“The United States reaffirms that Ukraine's future lies in NATO,” says the doc revealed by the US authorities on Thursday. But additionally it is clear that from the US perspective, Ukraine nonetheless has an extended option to go earlier than it may be a part of the army alliance.

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As anticipated, the settlement doesn’t include any commitments to the deployment of American forces to defend Ukraine. Biden has all the time categorically dominated this out – regardless of latest appeals by French President Emmanuel Macron to ship army trainers there. Rather, the US authorities says it’s involved with making certain that Ukraine continues to have the ability to defend itself. The settlement additionally makes no commitments to the supply of particular weapons techniques.

The US authorities seen the settlement with Kyiv as a message to Moscow that it was dedicated to continued and long-term assist for Ukraine.

Ukraine has already concluded bilateral safety agreements with a number of nations, together with Germany in February. According to US President Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, a complete of 15 nations have already signed such agreements.

50 billion from curiosity revenue from frozen Russian state belongings

Ukraine will even obtain a brand new, enormous assist package deal from the group of main democratic industrial nations (G7) for its defensive wrestle towards Russia. Negotiators of the G7 heads of state and authorities agreed earlier than the beginning of the summit to make use of curiosity from frozen Russian state belongings to finance a mortgage package deal value round 50 billion US {dollars} (round 47 billion euros), a number of diplomats informed the dpa information company on Thursday.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz described the settlement reached by the G7 states within the early night as a “historic step”. This makes it clear that Ukraine can purchase the mandatory weapons and finance reconstruction, mentioned Scholz on the sidelines of the summit. It is an indication to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he can not sit out the battle.

Scholz was welcomed by Italian Prime Minister Meloni

Scholz was welcomed by Italian Prime Minister Meloni

Quelle: Getty Images/Christopher Furlong

Since the Russian assault on Ukraine, massive quantities of Russian central financial institution cash have been frozen within the EU and different nations. The largest half is inside the European Union: round 210 billion euros, based on the Commission. Russia's frozen cash generates billions in curiosity revenue yearly.

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The Russian battle of aggression is likely one of the central subjects on the three-day summit within the luxurious lodge “Borgo Egnazia” in Apulia. The Gaza battle, the tough commerce relations with China and migration are additionally on the agenda. In addition to Zelensky and others, the Pope has additionally been invited to the summit for the primary time. The head of the Catholic Church is to discuss the subject of synthetic intelligence. Around 5,000 safety forces are deployed.

The Group of Seven consists of the USA, Canada, Japan, Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy, which is internet hosting and chairing the summit this yr. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) arrived in Italy this morning.

The Chancellor's aircraft landed at Taranto airport in Apulia. He was then obtained on the convention venue by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

The “family photo” after the arrival of the heads of state and government

The “family photo” after the arrival of the heads of state and authorities


Just in time for the G-7 summit, the USA additionally imposed new sanctions towards supporters of the Russian battle – together with Chinese corporations. The US authorities additionally ushered within the G-7 summit in Japan final yr with the announcement of latest sanctions so as to make it tougher for Moscow to entry items which can be vital on the battlefield. The new package deal is aimed toward greater than 300 individuals and establishments.

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Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni welcomes her company to the luxurious resort “Borgo Egnazia”, ​​which has 28 villas and 63 suites or rooms in conventional Apulian fashion. Pop stars have spent their holidays right here. Pop icon Madonna has already been to “Borgo Egnazia” 3 times and celebrated her birthday there. In 2012, US singer Justin Timberlake married actress Jessica Biel there, with 80 company and an estimated price range of a number of million euros.

Final preparations: The “Borgo Egnazia” is a luxurious tourist complex

Final preparations: The “Borgo Egnazia” is an expensive vacationer complicated


The G-7 assembly follows on seamlessly from the two-day reconstruction convention for Ukraine in Berlin. On Saturday, Scholz and Selenskyj will go to the Ukraine peace convention in Switzerland, for which, based on the federal government in Bern, round 40 heads of state and authorities have registered up to now. Around 160 have been invited. An additional 40 states are anticipated to attend with different high-ranking authorities representatives.