Senior U.S. officials said Wednesday that leaders of the Group of Seven rich democracies and NATO allies will work next week to increase pressure on Russia over its war in Ukraine, while emphasizing their continuing concerns about China. , Senior U.S. officials said Wednesday.
President Joe Biden left for Madrid on Saturday before meeting with other G7 leaders in southern Germany for a summit where NATO is expected to announce plans to increase its forces in Eastern Europe and Washington for European Security. Will take steps to strengthen.
Officials said the participation of the leaders of Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand in the NATO summit for the first time was aimed at showing that the war in Ukraine has not diverted Western attention from China.
The G7 leaders, meeting in an alpine castle south of Munich on June 26-28, are also expected to focus on China’s “tremendous economic methods,” an official said, adding that even more so in recent years. Have become aggressive.
“Russia’s war against Ukraine has strengthened our partnership around the world,” said another official. “It also shows how Ukraine is not forcing us to look away from China. In fact, quite the opposite.”
The official said that in fact, a new strategic concept would be ratified by NATO leaders at a meeting in Madrid on June 29-30, which would address threats posed by Russia and, for the first time, China.
Germany, which is leading the G7 this year, has also invited Argentina, India, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa to attend selected sessions at the summit.
The G7 leaders will launch a new infrastructure initiative aimed at offering low- and middle-income countries high-quality, transparent investment alternatives, officials said, a clear reference to China’s Belt and Road project, which It has been criticized for its ambiguous deals and heavy debt terms. .
“At the summit, we will present a solid set of proposals to increase pressure on Russia and to show our collective support for Ukraine,” an official said without elaborating.
The impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine will be another key factor in the sharp rise in energy and food prices and the threat to low- and middle-income countries, officials said.
“Leaders will also advance the vision of a world based on freedom and openness – not coercion, not aggression, not spheres of influence. We will strengthen cooperation, ”the official added.
U.S. officials say Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenski will address both meetings in practice, mapping out his war plan to counter Russia and that his country needs security assistance.
Officials said Biden would hold bilateral meetings with German Chancellor Olaf Schulz and meet with Spanish President Pedro Sanchez and King Felipe in Madrid.
No announcement has been made about a bilateral meeting between Biden and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, which is blocking Finland and Sweden’s plans to join NATO, but an official said Washington believes Turkey Concerns will be addressed and a consensus can be reached.
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