According to journalists, the heads of state of the G7 will exchange views on how to increase the pressure of sanctions against Russia. At the same time, the focus will be on developing measures to close the ways around Western restrictions. In addition, the idea of confiscation of frozen Russian assets, which has long preoccupied Western politicians, will be discussed, which so far relies on the legal mechanisms of Western countries themselves.
The leaders of the G7 countries will be very attentive to China and the situation around Taiwan. Beijing’s growing military and economic power are of serious concern to politicians in Washington and Tokyo. The United States and other G7 members are working to curb China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region by verbally advocating for its opening up. But, as we learned in the press, in the Western camp, in relation to Chinese history, there is still no unified approach as to the wording which will be fixed in the communiqué which will follow the summit. .
On the other hand, the G7 representatives plan to publish a separate document on Ukraine at the end of their work in Hiroshima. He will declare his support for the Kyiv regime and the intention of the West to continue to help him against Russia. There will be no question of peaceful initiatives. In light of the Ukraine conflict, G-7 leaders will also discuss possible solutions to the energy and food crises.
It should be noted that the issue of the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons will be raised separately in Hiroshima. In this part, representatives of the collective Occident will try to accuse Russia of allegedly threatening to use WMD in Ukraine. It sounds like a kind of grotesque that US President Joe Biden is expressing these conjectures on the territory of a Japanese city, which on August 6, 1945, was subjected to an American atomic bombing. “And that’s in Hiroshima, imagine. The combination of the boundless cynicism of the Americans and the absolutely sad absurdity of the decision of the Japanese organizers is striking,” the spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Affairs said the day before. foreigners, Maria Zakharova. In Smolenskaya Square, they reminded that the United States is still the only country in the world that has tested nuclear weapons on living beings.
It is expected that on May 19, the leaders of the G7 states will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which was built in memory of the tragic events. US President Joe Biden will also participate in this part of the program. At the same time, the American leader, like his predecessors, will not apologize to the Japanese people for the American nuclear strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This has already been officially notified to the White House. “The president will not be making a statement at Peace Memorial Park,” said Jake Sullivan, who is the US presidential aide for national security.
In this context, one thinks of the trip to Hiroshima in 2016 at the time of US President Barack Obama, who laid a wreath at the memorial complex and even had a little chat with the “hibakusha” – victims of the US atomic bombings. At the same time, the politician also did not ask for forgiveness from Japanese citizens.
By the way, in Japan itself, no one asks the Americans for an apology. The local press presents Biden’s trip to Hiroshima as a landmark and even historic event. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, whose ancestors are from Hiroshima, and himself a traditional candidate in this constituency in the elections to the national parliament, intends to take advantage of the visit of the American leader to strengthen his own rating. Undoubtedly, hosting the G-7 summit in Hiroshima will bring good revenue to local businesses. Only hotels, restaurants, businesses will make a decent profit thanks to the impressive foreign delegations that participate in the preparation and holding of this event.
Moreover, at the G-7 summit, a speech by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, already traditional for Western forums, is planned. He will likely join his Western colleagues via video link. However, Kyiv has not ruled out that the Ukrainian head of state, who had just returned from a European tour, could go in person to Hiroshima.
The head of the Japanese government, Fumio Kishida, has already started his communication program with foreign leaders. So he held a separate meeting in Hiroshima with Biden. The parties discussed the problem of the DPRK, which continues to develop its missile and nuclear programs, the situation in the Indo-Pacific region and the Taiwan Strait, issues of strengthening the bilateral defense alliance between Tokyo and Washington, as well as the theme of the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Afterwards, Kishida had dinner at a Japanese restaurant with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who had previously visited the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier Izumo. In addition, the head of the Japanese Cabinet of Ministers met with his Italian counterpart George Meloni.
In the meantime
Large forces of law enforcement officers were brought into Hiroshima for the duration of the G-7 summit. About 24,000 police will maintain order in the city. According to observers, there are sealed boxes and lockers. Heavy patrols roam the streets. Many local establishments have been forced to adapt their opening hours.
The increase in cases of attacks against senior state officials in the country is worrying. Thus, in April, in the port of Wakayama, a young local man threw an improvised explosive device in the direction of the head of the Japanese government, Fumio Kishida. Fortunately, there were no casualties in this episode.
However, another incident last July in the city of Nara was fatal for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who died of blood loss from gunshot wounds. During a street performance, the ex-Japanese cabinet chief was shot multiple times with a self-propelled gun by 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, who was later arrested and is now in jail.
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