the United States has decided on new “significant” sanctions against the “Russian war machine”

The United States has decided on “significant” new sanctions targeting the “Russian war machine”, a senior American official said shortly before the start of the G7 summit in Hiroshima (western Japan) on Friday, which President Joe is due to attend. Biden.

This American initiative comes at a time when the leaders of the main industrialized democracies must in particular agree in Japan on a hardening against Russia and find a common line in the face of the growing military and economic power of China.

These measures will prevent “approximately 70 entities in Russia and other countries from receiving American exported goods, adding them to the Commerce Department’s blacklist,” the official added, citing more than 300 new sanctions against ” people, organizations, ships and planes” across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Other members of the G7 – which brings together the United States, Japan, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Canada – are also preparing to “put in place new sanctions and barriers to exports”, he said. He specifies.

The G7 will work to disrupt Russian military supplies, close sanctions-busting loopholes, further reduce its dependence on Russian energy, continue to restrict Moscow’s access to the international financial system and s commit to freezing Russian assets until the end of the war, this source assured.

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Suspense around Zelensky

A European Union official announced on Thursday that the G7 talks would focus on the Russian diamond industry, which brings in several billion dollars to Moscow each year.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to speak via video conference over the weekend. The Japanese government ruled out the possibility of his coming in person, but speculation persisted.

The G7 talks will officially begin on Friday afternoon Japanese time, after a visit by the leaders to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

Heads of state and government will lay wreaths at the cenotaph in Hiroshima, which commemorates some 140,000 people killed by the US atomic bomb on August 6, 1945.

Besides Ukraine, the agenda will also be dominated by China and the diversification of the supply chains of the G7 countries to guard against the risk of “economic coercion” from Beijing.

“We want to organize global supply, trade and investment relationships in such a way that risks are not increased by dependence on certain countries,” Chancellor Olaf said on Thursday. Scholz, without citing China.

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