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G-7 agrees to fix, defend Ukraine’s infrastructure amid Russian attack



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MÜNSTER, Germany – Top diplomats from the world’s major industrialized democracies agreed on Friday to combine efforts to help Ukraine repair and protect its energy and water infrastructure , which is under constant attack by Russian cruise missiles and “kamikaze” drones.

Plans to fortify Ukraine before the punitive winter months were reinforced on the second day of the Group of 7 meeting in this historic German city. The symbolic importance of the meeting place – the same place in it Treaty of Westphalia signed the end of the Thirty Years’ War – highlighted by some of the diplomats in attendance, who said the Russian invasion challenged the centuries-old world order. agreement helped set up.

“If we let that be challenged with impunity, the foundations of the international order will begin to erode and eventually collapse, and none of us can afford it. happened,” Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said in comments alongside German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

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The G-7 Declaration, signed by each country, announced the establishment of a “coordinating mechanism” to help Ukraine “repair, restore and protect its vital water and energy infrastructure”. It did not set a timeline for implementation but diplomats who attended the event said it was important to act immediately when winter began.

“Putin seems to have decided that if he can’t take Ukraine by force, he’s going to try to stop Ukraine,” Blinken told reporters at a news conference.

Meetings of ministers from the United States, Germany, France, Great Britain, Japan, Canada and Italy also included discussions on supplying Ukraine sophisticated air defense system it needs to fend off Russian missile and drone attacks, officials speak.

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The decision to bolster Ukraine’s infrastructure follows a teleconference by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Thursday, which was interrupted by power outages due to chronic energy shortages.

Once the connection was re-established, Kuleba completed an update to the countries about the massive damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure due to Drones supplied by Iran and call for more global support and put pressure on Russia. 40% of Ukraine’s electricity system has been damaged by Russian attacks that left 4.5 million people across the country without power, including 450,000 residents in Kyiv.

“They discussed the needs Ukraine is facing as it enters winter,” a senior State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said to discuss the ongoing discussions. at the gathering “That’s what will be the core focus of this group, over the coming days and weeks.”

A French official said the West is focusing on how it can help Ukrainian townspeople survive the winter by providing generators, fuel and spare parts to struggling areas. in meeting their energy and heating needs.

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The group of democracies is also strong Warns Russia against the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine and rejected Moscow’s claims that Ukraine was preparing to detonate a so-called “dirty bomb”.

“Russia’s irresponsible nuclear rhetoric is unacceptable. Any use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons by Russia will bear serious consequences, the statement said.

That message was echoed by the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during his visit to China on Friday. During his meeting with China’s Xi Jinping, Scholz urged him to use his “influence” over Russian President Vladimir Putin to help resolve the war in Ukraine.

Mr. Xi said that countries should “oppose the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons”, but he called the current international situation “complicated” and called on all countries to “exercise reasonable and restrained”.

Reacting to Xi’s remarks, German Foreign Minister Baerbock said she was “delighted to hear that an important Russian ally sent a “very important signal” against the use of nuclear weapons.

“Russia,” she said, “is completely isolated.”

However, Scholz’s trip to China has divided Western countries, some of whom complain that Germany is repeating the mistakes it made before the war in Ukraine by becoming too dependent. dependent on the business of an authoritarian regime.

While US and British officials have raised concerns about the visit, the first by a G-7 leader since Xi has consolidated his power At the ruling party congress, other Western officials warned against taking an explicitly antagonistic approach to Beijing.

“It is clear that China is… becoming a lot more assertive, based on the path of self-reliance,” Josep Borrell, the European Union’s head of foreign policy, told reporters at the G- 7. “But right now, many member states have strong economic ties with China, and I don’t think we can put China and Russia on an equal footing.”

In the G-7’s negotiating statement, the countries said they were looking forward to “constructive cooperation with China” but also warned Beijing not to try to resolve the dispute through “intimidation, coercion, , threat or use of force”.

The meeting took place as the G-7 countries finalized the details of the Russian oil price limit. The unprecedented scheme could deprive Russia of vital oil revenues to fund the Kremlin’s war machine. But the complicated arrangement also risks increasing gas prices.

Asked if he could guarantee the move would not raise gas prices, Blinken said “we’ll see how this plays out” but he believes the plan being negotiated will hold. enough energy on the market while reducing revenue for the Kremlin.

On Friday, the G-7 countries held a meeting on the challenges Central Asian countries are facing as a result of the war in Ukraine. They are also focusing on working with African countries on climate change, covid-19 and food and energy security, the US official said.

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