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G-7 leaders interact with Zelenskyy via video link, outline new aid to Ukraine amid war

During the second day of the summit, leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) interacted with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy via video link on Monday and outlined their intentions to raise tariffs on Russian products and impose other new sanctions, including caps on Russian oil prices. Meanwhile, the United States also plans to announce the purchase of an improved surface-to-air missile system for Ukraine to resist Russian aggression, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has also openly expressed concern that the West is growing weary of the cost of a war that leads to soaring energy bills and price increases on essential items around the world. According to reports, the G-7 leaders also discussed finalizing an agreement to pursue a cap on Russian oil prices. A senior administration official said G-7 finance ministers would be responsible for deciding the details of how a price cap would work as well as how it would affect the Russian economy in the weeks and months. coming.

G-7 countries pledge to increase import duties on Russian products

G-7 countries have also pledged to increase import duties on Russian goods entering their countries. In addition to using sanctions to target Russia’s defense equipment supply lines, the United States also announced new tariffs on as many as 570 different product categories. Earlier on Sunday, June 26, G-7 leaders began their meeting by placing the conflict in Ukraine at the top of their agenda. Summit host German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the G-7 countries’ positions on Ukraine are broadly consistent and they recognize the need to be both firm and cautious.

Zelensky urges G-7 leaders to provide additional weapons to Kyiv

It is important to mention here that Ukrainian President Zelenskyy reiterated his demands for new G-7 sanctions against Russia and for the delivery of additional weapons and air defense systems to Ukraine in his daily address on Sunday. June 26. defense – modern, fully effective that can provide complete protection against Russian missiles. We talk about it every day with our partners. There are already agreements. And partners need to go faster if they are really partners, not observers,” Zelenskyy said. He also claimed that the delays in delivering arms to Ukraine were essentially giving way to repeated attacks from Russia.

(With AP inputs)

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