The G7, for which it was the third meeting this year, wanted to raise the tone on this anniversary of the armistice of the Second World War, when “Westerns fear that Russian President Vladimir Putin will profit from the celebration [lundi 9 mai] of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany to escalate its war in Ukraine”, observed Axios.
The group’s final statement did not hesitate to refer to the last world war, stating that Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine “brought Russia and the historic sacrifices of its people to shame”.
In the wake of this new condemnation of the Russian invasion, the G7 announced a new set of sanctions “mainly aimed at filling the gaps in the existing sanctions and tightening the noose a few more notches around the Russian economy”, precise The Guardian.
“Gestures, help and sanctions”, abstract El Pais. “Faced with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the policy of the major Western countries remains a clever mix of gestures of solidarity and financial, logistical and military support to the attacked country, and of reprisals against the aggressor”.
The G7 countries have thus committed “to limit their dependence on Russian energy” and approved sanctions in the areas of “auditing, business consulting and the media” and “a kind of embargo on industrial equipment likely to fuel the Russian war machine”details the Madrid daily.
Russian media deprived of publicity
On the energy side, the members of the G7 have shown themselves to be very cautious, contenting themselves with promising “a gradual reduction of their dependence on Russian oil”but being careful not to give a precise timetable, remark FoxNews.
“We will ensure that we do this in an orderly and timely manner, to allow the world time to find alternative sources of supply”explained the seven countries – United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Italy, France and Germany – in their final press release.
On the media side, the sanctions – specifically American – target three television channels, Pervy Kanal, Rossiya 1 and NTV, “directly or indirectly controlled by the Russian state”, observed Business Insider. American companies will no longer be able to buy advertising space on these channels, nor sell them equipment (cameras, microphones, etc.).
the FinancialTimes relief that these new reprisals come at a time when the European Union “struggling to finalize its last set of sanctions”, which also provides for the gradual end of Russian oil imports. According to diplomats in Brussels, Hungary, highly dependent on Russian oil, is insisting on a waiver and “continues to block any progress” in the negotiations. The 27 separated on Sunday on an acknowledgment of failure but discussions will resume on Monday.