Biden says Putin’s hopes dashed — Analysis

The G7 did not “splinter” as the Russian president expected, his US counterpart has said

“We have to stay together”As he arrived in Germany for the G7 Summit, Joe Biden was insistent in his support of Ukraine’s conflict.

Putin was hoping “that somehow NATO the G7 would splinter,” Biden said. “But we haven’t and we’re not going to.”

The US president met with the host of this year’s gathering, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, at the picturesque Elmau Castle in the Bavarian mountains ahead of the official kickoff of the event. The leaders of the G7 nations – the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the US – have come together at the summit to discuss the Ukraine crisis and other pressing issues for the next three days.

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Biden also thanked Scholz for his leadership amid Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine, and the fallout of the sanctions imposed by the US and EU on Moscow.

“I want to compliment you for stepping up as you did when you became chancellor,” and “the way you had a great impact on the rest of Europe to move, particularly relating to Ukraine,”He told him that Russia’s actions against it have caused Germany to experience an energy crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the G7 Friday. He reiterated that Ukraine’s conflict is not related to the economic crisis in the world.

“I want to stress once more: The sharp increase in inflation didn’t happen yesterday – it was a result of several years, it was a result of many years of irresponsible macroeconomic policies of the countries from the Group of Seven, uncontrolled emission and accumulation of unsecured debts,”Putin stated.

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The G7 was known as the G8 from 1997 to 2014, when Moscow was excluded from the organization due to Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

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