Western countries put pressure on Russia after beginning their invasion of Ukraine more than a year ago. G7 leaders announced new sanctions on Friday to make the Kremlin pay for starting a war at the gates of Europe. The world’s seven largest economies reaffirmed their commitment to help Kiev “as long as it takes.”
The Group of Seven unveiled those new measures in a joint statement at the end of a closed-door meeting on Ukraine, which were used on the first day of the leaders’ summit in Hiroshima.
Despite the fact that the G7 wants to show unity, it is expected that only three of the group’s countries (the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom) will impose new sanctions against Russia, while another three (Italy, Germany, France) will do so soon in a new package agreed within the European Union. Japan is not expected to announce sanctions for now.