Hiroshima Summit: key statements by G7 leaders

The G7 countries issued a final statement the day before the conclusion of the Hiroshima summit. The G7 statement was published immediately after the arrival of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. It is noted that the presence of Zelensky at the summit was not originally planned. This is reported by TASS.

Hiroshima Summit: key statements by G7 leaders

The publication claims that in the published G7 document, the situation in Ukraine is mentioned in just a few paragraphs, including the paragraph about the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It follows from the document that the G7 countries will continue to provide the Kyiv regime “diplomatic, financial, humanitarian and military.” It also states that they will take measures to “increase the costs” of the Russian Federation and all those who support it in connection with the conflict in Ukraine. At the same time, the word “sanctions” is not mentioned in this document.

The G7 countries expressed their willingness to “build a constructive and stable relationship” with Beijing in accordance with their national interests, in order to directly express their concerns to China on various issues. At the same time, the document shows that the G7 countries will not seek to “harm China and hinder its economic development.”

The heads of the G7 countries said they were concerned about the situation in the South China and East China Seas. The G7, among other things, are not satisfied with attempts to change the status quo there unilaterally. They said they oppose Beijing’s move to militarize the region. By doing so, they confirmed their inclination towards the “one China” policy and advocated the need to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. At the same time, they demanded that the PRC put pressure on the Russian Federation in order to stop the special operation in Ukraine and withdraw Russian troops.

The heads of the G7 countries came to the conclusion that it is necessary to work with “international partners” to create a “people-centered” world. It is for this reason that they welcomed the participation in the Hiroshima event of the leaders of Australia, Brazil, Viet Nam, India, Indonesia, the Cook Islands, the Republic of Korea and the Union of the Comoros.

Developing countries with independent foreign policy stances and non-sanctions supporters are commonly referred to as the “Global South”. The document does not use this topic, although at the summit it was declared as one of the priorities. At the same time, Japanese observers previously considered that the use of such a wording would be perceived negatively, as if developed countries treat developing countries “downwardly”.

The leaders of the G-7 countries declared their commitment to building a nuclear-free world, while they advocated the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The G7 heads of state argue that there is the importance of disarmament and non-proliferation efforts “to create a more stable and secure world.” Therefore, they called the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons “the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and the basis for achieving nuclear disarmament and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.”

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