G7 Pledges To Phase Out Import Of Russian Oil

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LONDON (AP) — Leaders from the Group of Seven developed democracies pledged Sunday to phasing retired oregon banning the import of Russian oil, arsenic they met with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, for online talks to accent their enactment and to show unity among Western allies connected Victory successful Europe Day, which marks Nazi Germany’s surrender successful 1945.

Cutting retired Russian lipid supplies “will deed hard astatine the main artery of (President Vladimir) Putin’s system and contradict him the gross helium needs to money his war,” the G-7 countries, which see the U.S., Britain, Canada, Germany, France and Italy and Japan, said successful a statement.

“We volition guarantee that we bash truthful successful a timely and orderly fashion, and successful ways that supply clip for the satellite to unafraid alternate supplies,” they added.

Casting a look backmost astatine World War II, the leaders stressed unity successful their resoluteness that Putin indispensable not win.

“We beryllium it to the representation of each those who fought for state successful the Second World War, to proceed warring for it today, for the radical of Ukraine, Europe and the planetary community,” they said.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s telephone with the G7 leaders and Zelenskyy lasted astir an hour.

The U.S. besides announced new sanctions against Russia for its penetration of Ukraine. They see cutting disconnected Western advertizing from Russia’s 3 biggest tv stations, banning U.S. accounting and consulting firms from providing services to immoderate Russian, and piling further restrictions connected Russia’s concern sector, including cutting disconnected Moscow from wood products, concern engines, boilers, bulldozers and more.

The White House announced the caller sanctions up of the May 9 Victory Day, erstwhile Russia traditionally celebrates Nazi Germany’s decision successful 1945 with immense subject parades.

Putin is expected to speech astir what it calls its peculiar subject cognition successful Ukraine and code troops connected Red Square connected Monday.

The U.S. and European allies were seeking to connection counter-messaging that Putin is further isolating Russia from the remainder of the satellite and doing tremendous harm to the Russian economy.

The caller circular of U.S. sanctions volition deed 3 of Russia’s astir fashionable tv stations successful Russia – Channel One Russia, Russia-1, and NTV — that the U.S. has said person been astatine the forefront of spreading misinformation astir Russia’s prosecution of the invasion.

The Biden medication said the caller sanctions prohibiting U.S. accounting and consulting firms from doing concern successful Russia volition assistance thwart Russian companies and elites from getting assistance to obscure their wealthiness and evade an avalanche of sanctions that person already been enacted.

The U.S. besides said it imposed immoderate 2,600 visa restrictions connected Russian and Belarusian officials and issued a caller visa regularisation argumentation that applies to Russian subject officials and authorities.

The U.S. sanctioned 27 executives from Gazprombank, a slope that facilitates income by Russia’s Gazprom, 1 of the largest earthy state exporters successful the world, with Europe. The sanctions are the archetypal clip that the U.S. has deed the slope that plays a captious relation Russia’s sizeable state exports, but the determination stops good abbreviated of the afloat blocking sanctions that the U.S. has deed different large Russian banks.

Ahead of the call, U.K. officials said Britain volition supply an other 1.3 cardinal pounds ($1.6 billion) successful subject enactment to Ukraine to assistance the federation support itself against Russian forces.

The funding, which comes from British authorities reserves, includes 300 cardinal pounds of subject kit promised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this week, specified arsenic radar systems to people Russian artillery, GPS jamming instrumentality and nighttime imaginativeness devices.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a astonishment sojourn to Ukraine Sunday, touring the bluish municipality of Irpin, which had been heavy damaged by Russia’s effort to instrumentality the superior of Kyiv astatine the commencement of the war. The politician connected Sunday posted images of Trudeau connected societal media, saying that the Canadian person was shocked by the harm helium saw astatine civilian homes.

Trudeau’s bureau aboriginal said “the premier curate is successful Ukraine to conscionable with President Zelenskyy and reaffirm Canada’s unwavering enactment for the Ukrainian people.”

Jill Biden besides made an unannounced sojourn connected Sunday, holding a astonishment Mother’s Day gathering successful occidental Ukraine with archetypal woman Olena Zelenska. Biden traveled nether the cloak of secrecy, becoming the latest high-profile American to participate Ukraine during its 10-week-old warfare with Russia.

“I wanted to travel connected Mother’s Day,” the U.S. archetypal woman told Zelenska. “I thought it was important to amusement the Ukrainian radical that this warfare has to halt and this warfare has been brutal and that the radical of the United States basal with the radical of Ukraine.”

In Germany, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said successful a televised code that Sunday was “a May 8th similar nary other.”

He said Germany has worked hard to ain up to its actions during World War II, reconciling with some Russia and Ukraine and committing itself to the conception of “never again.” But Russia’s “barbaric” penetration of Ukraine successful February has brought warfare backmost to Europe, Scholz said, a imaginable that erstwhile seemed unthinkable.

“Freedom and information volition prevail ― conscionable arsenic state and information triumphed implicit deficiency of freedom, unit and dictatorship 77 years ago,” Scholz said successful his address.

German Bundestag President Bärbel Bas, the 2nd highest-ranking German authoritative aft the president, met Sunday with Zelenskyy successful Kyiv and attended a memorial lawsuit honoring the day of the extremity of World War II.

“We truly admit that connected the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation itself, and successful what for america is specified a trying clip of war, the President of the German Bundestag Bärbel Bas came to enactment Ukraine,” said a station published Sunday connected Zelenskyy’s Telegram channel.


Madhani reported from Wilmington, Delaware. Emily Schultheis successful Berlin contributed to this report.


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