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PM Draghi attends G7 video conference

8 May 2022

The President of the Council of Ministers, Mario Draghi, took part in a video conference this afternoon with President Biden, President Macron, Chancellor Scholz, Prime Minister Johnson, Prime Minister Trudeau, Prime Minister Kishida, President Michel and President von der Leyen, which was also attended by President Zelensky.

The meeting provided the opportunity to commemorate the end of World War II and the liberation from its atrocities.

The leaders reaffirmed the unity of the G7 countries in condemning the Russian Federation’s unjustified aggression against Ukraine, which has taken Europe back to the horrors of the Second World War. They shared both their deep concern about the prolongation of the hostilities and the need to keep the pressure up on the Kremlin through sanctions.

Lastly, the leaders reiterated their commitment to diversifying energy sources, thereby reducing dependence on Russian supplies.

Together with the partners, Prime Minister Draghi underlined the importance of close coordination to support Ukraine and pursue peace by promoting an immediate ceasefire and credible negotiations. 
“We must continue to support Ukraine – said PM Draghi – and we need to move forward with the sixth package of sanctions against Russia. At the same time, we must make every effort to help a ceasefire to be reached as soon as possible and to give new impetus to the peace negotiations. The G7 must also continue efforts to help poor countries at risk of a food crisis. Our commitment and our unity are fundamental”.

[Courtesy translation]