G7 meeting on the background of the confrontation

Réunion du G7 sur fond de confrontation

TORONTO — the great powers of The G7, who have confirmed their united front in the face of Russia, will also show Monday their firmness before the historic negotiations with North Korea, without having overcome their divisions on Iran ahead of a crucial decision by the United States.

The meeting of the ministers of foreign Affairs, which opened Sunday in Toronto, will finish Monday and then follow up Tuesday with a meeting of their colleagues from the Interior and Security, before the summit of the seven industrialized countries (United States, France, Germany, Uk, Italy, Japan and Canada) on 8 and 9 June in Charlevoix and Quebec city.

On Sunday, the heads of diplomacy discussed at great length the confrontation between the west and Moscow, which reached levels not seen since the end of the cold War.

“There has been a unity from the G7 to oppose the attitude that is harmful to Russia”, said to journalists, a senior u.s. official. The member countries took stock of the measures taken “to counteract the negative trends that emanate from the Kremlin and threaten the peace and security,” he added.

The discussions will focus particularly on the “strengthening of democracy against foreign interference” — a clear allusion to the role attributed to the Russia of Vladimir Putin during the elections in the United States or in Europe.

“We should never show weakness to president Putin”, said the head of the French State, Emmanuel Macron in Paris, before going to meet in Washington, dc his us counterpart, Donald Trump. “When you are weak, he uses it” to “undermine our democracies,” he added in an interview broadcast on Sunday on american channel Fox News, while ensuring “respect” the master of the Kremlin.

A little over a week after the air strikes carried out by Washington, Paris and London against the regime in Damascus in response to a chemical attack alleged, the west in particular, need to restart the dialogue with the Russians, who support Bashar al-Assad, in search of a political solution under the auspices of the UN after seven years of war.

Korea and Iran

The strategy of the United States, which worried about their allies, since Donald Trump has announced his intention to withdraw american troops as soon as possible, “has been addressed”, according to a delegate of the european. “The Americans are aware that there is a role to play in the period, but have not yet specified what role, diplomatic, military, humanitarian…”

Two other major diplomatic files are the subject of intense discussions.

First North Korea, the approach to a historic high, by the beginning of June, in theory, between Donald Trump and the north Korean leader Kim Jong-un, supposed to talk, after months of rock climbing, a “denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula.

Then Iran, then the american president must also decide, by 12 may, when he “rips” or not the agreement 2015 entered into by the great powers with Tehran to prevent it from acquiring the atomic bomb. Donald Trump is claiming to preserve it, that France, the United Kingdom and Germany, signatory to the european this text, considered historic at the time, but that he considers lax, propose solutions to harden it.

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