President Joe Biden and western allies opened a three-day summit in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday intent on keeping economic fallout from the war in Ukraine from fracturing the global coalition working to punish Russia’s aggression. Britain’s Boris Johnson warned the leaders not to give in to “fatigue” even as Russia lobbed new missiles at Kyiv.
The leaders were set to announce new bans on imports of Russian gold, the latest in a series of sanctions the club of democracies hopes will further isolate Russia economically. They also were looking at possible price caps on energy meant to limit Russian oil and gas profits that Moscow can pump into its war effort.
Biden on Sunday was formally launching a global infrastructure partnership designed to counter China’s influence in the developing world. The initiative aims to leverage $600 billion with fellow Group of Seven countries by 2027 to spend on global infrastructure projects.
Boris Johnson warns of risk of fatigue in west’s support for Ukraine.
At G7 summit, PM pushes for renewed sanctions and says he would welcome a visit to UK by Volodymyr Zelensky
Boris Johnson has warned about the likelihood of “fatigue” among western nations over continued support for Ukraine, as he began talks at the G7 summit in Germany, where he hopes to push for renewed sanctions against Russia.
Before the first day of the annual gathering of political leaders, held amid ultra-tight security in the Bavarian countryside, Johnson also hailed a new international ban on importing Russia gold.
Speaking to reporters at the summit, Johnson, who has made support for Ukraine and its president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, one of the defining features of his premiership, warned that it would be hard to maintain a united front in the longer term.
“Realistically there is going to be fatigue in populations and politicians,” he said, adding it was possible the current near-unanimity of the response to Russia’s invasion could begin to fracture.
“I think the pressure is there and the anxiety is there, we have got to be honest about that,” Johnson said.
“But the most incredible thing about the way the west has responded to the invasion of Ukraine by Putin has been the unity – Nato has been solid, the G7 has been solid, and we continue to be solid.