War in Ukraine: G7 in search of cohesion and allies against Russia

The conflict triggered by Vladimir Putin puts the solidarity of the seven Western countries the most industrialized, and confirms the limit of their influence in the world.


This is another lesson in the war in Ukraine, which should dominate the debates of the G7 summit, from Sunday 26 to Tuesday, June 28, in Elmau, in the Bavarian Alps. The conflict triggered by Russia by Vladimir Putin tests, over the days, the cohesion of the seven western countries the most industrialized, and confirms the limit of their influence in the world.

If the G7 plays a central role in the coordination of sanctions engaged against Russia and in the aid provided to kyiv, sometimes at the cost of felted debate, it is required to deal with the many Asian, African and Latin- Americans who refuse to choose their camp and are concerned about the consequences of the return of war on the European continent. A conflict often considered by these states as “regional”, at the risk of digging the gap between “west and the rest” of the planet.

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The choreography of the summit, organized under the aegis of the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz – at the head of the G7 this year – in the mountainous setting of the Château d’Elmau, not far from Garmisch -Partenkirchen, gives an idea of ​​the efforts made in this sense by Westerners. Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Mario Draghi, Boris Johnson, the Japanese Fumio Kishida and the Canadian Justin Trudeau – without forgetting the leaders of the European Commission and Council, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel – first had to have the opportunity , as early as Sunday at midday, to take stock of the situation in Ukraine, where the fighting has lasted for more than four months. As a prelude, the French head of state has been bilateral with the British Prime Minister, who wants to be kyiv’s “best ally” on the continent, and never stops crossing the iron with the twenty Seven on Brexit.

The members of the G7 have already spoken four times at the top since the start of hostilities, and this as of February 24, the day when the Russian forces melted on Ukraine. They should once again speak out on Monday morning with Volodymyr Zelensky, their Ukrainian counterpart. The objective is to tighten the ranks within the Western camp, while differences may appear, the more the conflict extends, on the objectives of the support given to kyiv against the Russian aggression. And on the methods of a possible ceasefire, inaccessible to date due to the intensity of the fights in the Donbass, where Moscow has just taken control of the city of Sievierodonetsk.

G7 leaders will also have to share the star with a skewer of “non -aligned” countries invited for the occasion. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as the presidents of Senegal, Macky Sall, South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, Argentina, Alberto Angel Fernandez, and Indonesia, Joko Widodo (also at the head of the G20 ), will participate Monday in different work sessions.

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