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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks with his peer on the committee Foreign Affairs Minister Alfred Mutua during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G7 meeting in Muenster (Martin Meissner/Pool via REUTERS)
The main diplomats of the G7 have agreed on the need for a coordination mechanism to help Ukraine repair and defend its energy and critical infrastructure from attacks by Russia, a senior US State Department official said on Friday.
The G7 countries met this week in the city of Muenster, west of Germany, with Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Iran's deepening military alignment with Moscow over the war, and China's growing assertiveness top of the agenda.
The countries also discussed the state of the battlefield to determine which weapons to provide to kyiv, although this time the focus was more on assistance that would allow Ukraine to defend itself against intensifying Russian attacks to its energy and water infrastructure, the official said on condition of anonymity.
The G7 condemned the escalation of attacksby Russia against critical infrastructure and other civilian targets in Ukraine, as well as the use of Iranian drones in these operations.
Police officers shoot at a drone during an attack by Russian drones, believed by local authorities to be Iranian-made Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in kyiv, Ukraine 17 December October 2022. REUTERS/Vadim Sarakhan/File
”We particularly condemn the attacks on energy facilities and water supply”, says the statement released by the foreign ministers of The United States, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany, the country that holds the rotating presidency of the group of seven industrial powers.
In addition, They discussed “the needs facing Ukraine ahead of winter and agreed that a G7 coordination mechanism was needed to help Ukraine repair, restore and defend its critical energy infrastructure. and water,” the US official told reporters.
“That is something that will be the focus of this group in the coming days and weeks,” he added.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, virtually joined the G7 debate.
A group of people lights a bonfire during a protest against the death of Mahsa Amini, in Tehran, Iran, on September 21, 2022. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
Likewise, the G7 also condemned the arbitrary” arrests of protesters in Iran, as well as the “destabilizing activities” carried out by Tehran in the Middle East as a whole.
In addition, it “firmly” rejected the recent launch of missiles byNorth Korea, in a context of sharply rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.
En On the second and last day of the ministerial meeting, the G7 also urged Russia to extend the agreement for the transport of grain through the Black Sea corridoras well as to guarantee its continuity, after it was left suspended for several days by decision of the Kremlin.
The foreign ministers of the group of seven industrial powers consider the maintenance of these supplies to be “crucial” and warn of the global repercussions that a new interruption would have .
Commercial ships, including those that are part of the grain agreement of the Black Sea, wait to pass the Bosphorus Strait off the coast of Yenikapi during a misty morning in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 31, 2022. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File
The question forms part of the agenda of the second day of the ministerial meeting, in which the fight against famine in Africa will also be addressed with representatives of that continent.
“The war drags the population starving to an even more desperate situation. We have to create strategies to clearly show which side we are on,” British Foreign Minister James Cleverly told German public television WDR.
(With information from Reuters, AFP and EFE)