Ottawa, 13 December 2022 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, met virtually with the Group of Seven (G7) Leaders. This was the final meeting hosted by Germany as G7 President.

The meeting also served as an opportunity to pass the Presidency to Japan for 2023. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, was also in attendance.

During the meeting, G7 Leaders discussed the importance of continuing support for the Ukrainian people and government. They pledge to remain united against Russian aggression.

While highlighting Canada’s support for Ukraine, Trudeau spoke about Canada’s Ukraine Sovereignty Bond, which raised $500 million from individuals and institutions.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed Canada’s commitment toward an ambitious outcome at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) on biodiversity. Canada is hosting the conference until December 19.

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Statement by G7 leaders

A joint statement was made by G7 leaders following the virtual summit on December 12. The leaders discuss Russia & Ukraine conflict, gender equality, and climate change.

The leaders reaffirmed their unwavering solidarity with Ukraine in the face of the ongoing Russian war of aggression for as long as it takes.

They demanded that Russia pay for the reconstruction after causing widespread devastation in Ukraine. In this vein, the statement added, “Russia will ultimately need to pay for the restoration of critical infrastructure damaged through its brutal war.”

“There can be no impunity for war crimes and other atrocities. We will hold President Putin and those responsible to account in accordance with international law.” It continued.

The leaders pledge to support Ukraine financially. Along these lines, the statement said, “To support Ukraine’s repair, we will establish a multi-agency Donor Coordination Platform.”

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“Through this platform, we will provide ongoing short and long-term support, and coordinate further international funding and expertise. We will also set up a Secretariat for the Platform.” The statement underscored.

The statement concluded with the leaders declaring the attacks on the civilian population by Russia a war crime. The G7 leaders also condemn those who are facilitating Putin’s illegal war.