G7 vows to boost Russia's isolation

G7 vows to boost Russia's isolation

On Saturday, a group of Seven foreign ministers pledged to strengthen Russia's economic and political isolation, to provide weapons to Ukraine and to work to reduce global food shortages stemming from the war.

After meeting at a 400-year-old castle estate in the Baltic Sea resort of Weissenhaus, senior diplomats from Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United States and the European Union also pledged to continue their military and defence assistance for as long as necessary. They also called Russian misinformation aimed at blaming the West for food supply issues around the world due to economic sanctions on Moscow and urging China not to aid Moscow or justify Russia's war, according to a joint statement.

There is more pressure on Russia to ban or phase out buying Russian oil with EU member states expected next week to reach an agreement on the issue even if it remains opposed by Hungary.

The statement said that we will reduce and end reliance on Russian energy supplies and as quickly as possible, and we will build on G 7 commitments to phase out or ban imports of Russian coal and oil.