Scholz: "The task of G7 leaders is to ensure the withdrawal of Russian troops"

Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor

© APA | Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor

# 28 June 2022 15:43 (UTC +04:00)

In closing statements at the G7 summit, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the summit's host, said that the world's seven leading economies stand together in support of Ukraine and those G7 countries will raise the cost of the war for Russia, APA reports citing DW.

Russian President Vladimir Putin "must not win this war," the chancellor said. "We will continue to keep up and drive up the economic and political costs of this war," he added.

"We want Ukraine to be able to defend its sovereignty, independence, and future as a democracy," Scholz said. "We support the country in its defense and offer it a perspective for the future," he added.

"The next task is to see to it that this war comes to an end, and Russia withdraws its troops," Scholz said.

The leaders of the G7 wrapped up the three-day summit Tuesday in the Bavarian Alps with commitments to further pressure Russia over its war in Ukraine, while addressing a looming food crisis caused by blocked food supplies.

Speaking after Chancellor Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron said that Russia "cannot and should not win" the Ukraine war.

"Right now, it is clear, Russia's attack on Ukraine's territory has one objective — the surrender of Ukraine," said Macron, adding that the G7 would support Ukraine, "as long as necessary, and with the necessary intensity.''

Russia's war in Ukraine is also expected to dominate the NATO summit in Madrid, where most of the G7 leaders will head to from Germany.