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Britain plans to ban imports of Russian diamonds and industrial metals to further punish the Kremlin in its war of aggression against Ukraine.
Rishi Sunak intends to use the G7 summit to force Western allies to take the toughest possible approach to Russia, and to urge large democracies outside NATO to side with Ukraine in the conflict.
Hosted by Japan, the meeting will be attended by the leaders of G7 member countries France, Germany, Italy, the United States and Canada, as well as invited guests from India, Indonesia and Brazil.
Major themes include how to promote economic security in the face of Chinese aggression, cooperation in scientific research, and promotion of world peace.
Sunak arrived in Japan on Thursday and spent the day in Tokyo with business leaders who had pledged to invest a total of £17.7 billion in the UK.
He then flew to Hiroshima for bilateral talks with Fumio Kishida of Japan and signed a new defense agreement aimed at bringing the two militaries closer together than ever before.
The prime minister said he would encourage other leaders to support Ukraine and put pressure on Russia, including a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
“One of the things we have to continue to do is talk with countries like India and Brazil. That will be done later in the summit, which is good,” Sunak told reporters. Told.spent a long time together [Brazil’s] President Lula spoke on this very subject when he attended the coronation. ”
He praised Modi’s approach despite concerns about how much oil India is still buying from Russia, saying: “Look at the language of the G20 summit a few months ago.” . I believe it was the first time that a joint statement could not be made because China and Russia refused to sign. And actually, I think the Indians appealed it well. They were very clear, so I take that as a positive step. ”
The British government will announce new sanctions on Friday, banning imports of Russian diamonds, as well as Russian copper, aluminum and nickel. A further 86 persons and companies in the “Putin military-industrial complex” are also subject to individual sanctions. All other G7 members are expected to take similar steps during the summit.
Russia’s diamond industry is already restricted by punitive tariffs, but in some countries such as Belgium, European nations are at odds over a blanket ban, citing the importance of the industry.
Sunak argued that additional military support from the West would allow Ukraine to make a breakthrough in a long-awaited “counterattack” against Russian forces.
“They continue to surprise the world with their courage and fortitude,” he said. “They have already recaptured most of the territories taken by Russia in the early days and weeks.”
“In a way they have fought back from the beginning and they have already succeeded. I am sure they will continue to make progress and we will do everything in our power to continue to support them. .”