Boris Johnson chairs ‘most important’ G7 meeting since Russia invaded Ukraine

Boris Johnson will land in Germany on Sunday morning for a G7 summit, the final leg of his diplomatic tour


Boris Johnson is ready this week for the “most important meeting of world leaders” since Russia invaded Ukraine.

The prime minister was due to land in Germany on Sunday morning for a G7 summit on the final leg of his diplomatic trip.

His Airbus plane was due to land in Munich after a seven and a half hour flight 3,600 miles from Rwanda, where he was attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

The Tory leader, rocked by the bombing defeats in the Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton by-elections, is due to fly to Madrid for a NATO summit later this week.

Both meetings are expected to be dominated by the West’s response to Vladimir Putin’s ordering of Russian troops to wage war on Ukraine in March.

The prime minister on Saturday backed Ukrainians to triumph in the conflict.

And on Sunday he meets with other G7 leaders, including US President Joe Biden, France’s Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, for three days of intense negotiations at the Schlosshotel Elmau in Krün, Bavaria.

Boris Johnson flies to Germany from the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda


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The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “The G7 and NATO summits will be the most important gathering of world leaders since Putin’s sweeping invasion of Ukraine.

“The West has banded together in recent months to support Ukraine militarily, financially and politically.

“But as it becomes clear that this war will not be won overnight by Putin, as he had hoped, but ultimately by Ukraine, thanks to their long and enduring determination, our support must enter a new phase.”

The spokesman said Western allies “wanted to see the same thing — a democratic, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine, capable of defending itself against further aggression.”

The Prime Minister will use the double summits to ask colleagues “how we can empower President Zelenskyy and Ukraine to achieve the desired result,” his spokesman said.

He added: “This is what the Prime Minister will be calling for at the G7 and NATO summits as he encourages his fellow leaders to step up their economic, military and political support for Ukraine.”

Mr Johnson is also expected to make fresh attempts to step up sanctions against Moscow and Putin’s cronies.

The Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie, is said to be taking part in a program of events for the wives of executives in Bavaria and is expected to join her husband for a barbecue on Monday night.

Mr Johnson is expected to hold talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mr Scholz, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa during his trip to Germany.

South Africa is not a member of the G7, but Mr. Ramaphosa was invited as a guest.

After the G7 summit he will travel to the NATO summit in Madrid


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On Tuesday, Mr Johnson will fly 920 miles to Madrid for the final leg of his nine-day diplomatic marathon.

He will join NATO leaders for a two-day summit in the Spanish capital, which is said to be dominated by the war in Ukraine.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to address the coalition via video link from Kyiv.

The talks include negotiating requests by Finland and Sweden to join the 73-year-old coalition in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Downing Street expects “substantial progress” on the countries’ bids, which have been backed by a host of allies including the UK.

Mr Johnson will hold talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Spanish leader Pedro Sánchez and Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on the sidelines of the summit.

As China’s increasing militarization puts pressure on NATO, the prime minister will also have his first face-to-face meetings with newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and South Korean President Yoon Seok-youl, who have been invited as guests.

Secretary of State Liz Truss and Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace are also scheduled to attend the summit.

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