French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday accused Russia of trying to destabilize international order by blocking food and energy flows to put pressure on the world. “Russia cannot and must not win this war,” he said at the closing of a G7 meeting in Germany before heading to Spain for tomorrow’s NATO summit, which will also focus on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
G7 leaders on Tuesday condemned Tuesday Russia’s invasion as “illegal and unjustifiable” in their draft final statement.
“We, the leaders of the Group of Seven … were joined by the leaders of Argentina, India, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa, as well as Ukraine.”
“We reemphasize our condemnation of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable war of aggression against Ukraine.”
The Group of Seven industrialised nations on Tuesday urged countries and companies with large food stockpiles to help ease a hunger crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We call on those partners with large food stockpiles, as well as on the private sector, to make food available without distorting the market,” it said in a statement.
They called “on all countries to avoid excessive stockpiling of food which can lead to further price increases”.
The war in Ukraine, a country known as Europe’s breadbasket, has pushed up food prices and led to shortages, as Russia’s blockade of Black Sea ports prevents millions of tons of grain from being shipped out.( Curtesy France 24)