Welcome to the Matrix, where not all allies are created equal. So that you can see who is investing the most in Ukraine’s defense and what complications there are in reducing dependency on Russia, we have 35 countries attending the EU, NATO and G-7 summits this week in Brussels participate, grouped according to their level of charitable activities Russia-skepticism and economic relations. POLITICO also follows who is sending arms to Ukraine.
Joe Biden is in Europe this week for the second time in his presidency. The United States has come out with sanctions against Moscow, although the American economy has suffered few direct blows from the severing of ties with Russian oil and gas.
It’s not so easy for European governments: some rely entirely on Russia to keep the lights on. It may take months, if not years, to make major fuel source changes despite offers of new LNG shipments from the US and elsewhere.
There is also a big difference between Russia-related countries: some countries border Russia or Ukraine and, despite the risks, won’t be silenced, while others try to please both Moscow and the Brussels/Washington axis.
Different summit formats bring different parties to the table. Only 21 of the 27 EU members are in the NATO alliance, exitAustria, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland, MaltaandSwedenon the fringes of important military discussions.
Other European players including theGreat Britain, NorwayandSwitzerlandare not in the EU — andGreat BritainBoris Johnson was deliberately not invited to the EU summit (there’s bad blood from his 2016 campaign to get off the bloc).
Japanis only in the G-7, andSerbiais not in any of the clubs.
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