The G7 Summit kicks off in Cornwall, England – what’s on the agenda
On June 11, the G7 summit starts in the UK with the participation of the leaders of the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan. This is the first face-to-face meeting of leaders since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, UATV reports.
COVID-19 vaccination, trade, climate and infrastructure development will be discussed. On the final day of the G7 summit, the leaders of the countries will talk about “the irresponsible and destabilizing behavior of Russia and China”.
According to Interfax-Ukraine, the summit at the Carbis Bay resort in Cornwall in the south-west of England will last until June 13. Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa are invited as guests.
A joint communique is expected. In addition, the summit will be the first major international face-to-face summit to be attended by Joe Biden as President of the United States.
According to the published agenda of the summit:
June 11 – leaders will discuss economic recovery after the pandemic,
June 12 – Geopolitical Challenges, Trade and Development;
June 13 – “Russia’s and China’s irresponsible and destabilizing behavior”.
The meeting is being organized by the British side, since it presides over the G7 this year. The previous leaders’ summit took place in 2019 in Biarritz, France.
Most of the meetings will be held behind closed doors, but the events open to the press are also expected, in particular a joint photo of the leaders.
In addition, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously announced that the G7 countries will begin developing a pandemic preparedness agreement in the future and promise to distribute vaccines against COVID-19 around the world by the end of next year.
Due to the summit, security measures have been strengthened in the county. Many highways and roads are blocked, residents of nearby settlements have to show documents confirming their place of residence.
Meanwhile, the British intend to organize a series of protests, including on dissatisfaction with the actions of world leaders in the fight against climate change, against the backdrop of the ongoing summit. Such actions often take place during meetings of heads of state. However, this year, due to the current restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will be more difficult to organize them. Only 4 locations have been approved for demonstrations.
And on June 16, Joe Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva. The agenda of the US-Russia summit includes issues of bilateral relations, as well as the settlement of the situation in Ukraine and Belarus.