G7 allies vow to support Ukraine ‘until victory’
Wangels, Germany – Leading democracies on Friday pledged unwavering support for Ukraine in its war with Russia while the European Union promised to hike military support for Kyiv by more than half a billion dollars.
Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) met on the second day of a three-day meeting in the German resort of Wangels, joined by their counterparts from Ukraine and Moldova. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the G7 were “very strongly united” in their will to “continue in the long term to support Ukraine’s fight for its sovereignty until Ukraine’s victory”.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the bloc was pledging an extra 500 million euros ($520 million) in military aid. The cash will raise the EU’s total military aid for Ukraine to two billion euros, he said.
“The recipe is clear — more of the same,” Borrell said. “More pressure on Russia, with economic sanctions. Continue working on international isolation of Russia. Countering the disinformation about the consequences of the war… And presenting a united front to continue supporting Ukraine.”
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss also called for further support for Ukraine. “It is very important at this time that we keep up the pressure on Vladimir Putin by supplying more weapons to Ukraine, by increasing the sanctions,” she said.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba praised the G7 nations’ resolve to help Kyiv but also urged them to go further.
“Today I asked G7 countries to adopt legislation and put in place all necessary procedures needed to seize Russian sovereign assets and give them to Ukraine to use this money to rebuild our country,” he said. Kuleba also urged the EU to ensure that an embargo is placed on Russian oil, warning that an omission of the ban on the bloc’s next package would mean its unity was “broken”.
The war in Ukraine had led to greater unity among Western allies, Kuleba said.