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'Will see who is our friend', Ukraine PM says as NATO, G7, EU summits commence
By: Mint News - 03-24-22

The day long summitry will kick off at NATO headquarters in Brussels, where the transatlantic defence alliance's leaders will agree to ramp up military forces on Europe's eastern flank;

BRUSSELS : As the Western nations meet at Brussels to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine in a one-day trio of NATO, G7 and EU summits, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky urged them to take "serious steps" to help Kyiv fight Moscow.

The day long summitry will kick off at NATO headquarters in Brussels, where the transatlantic defence alliance's leaders will agree to ramp up military forces on Europe's eastern flank.

The summits being held aims to maintain a Western summitry.

"At these three summits we will see who is our friend, who is our partner and who sold us out and betrayed us," Zelenskiy said in a video address released early on Thursday.

He said he expected "serious steps" from Western allies, repeating calls for a no-fly zone over Ukraine and complaining that the West had not provided Ukraine with planes, modern anti-missile systems, tanks or anti-ship weapons.

While leaders promised to step up support for Ukraine, EU diplomats played down expectations of major new sanctions on Russia, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg repeated that the alliance will not send troops or planes to Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on 24 February, announced a military offensive on the East European state of Ukraine. As the military operation completes a months, millions of refugees have fled Ukraine and a number of cities have come under the Kremlin's control. The West has issued a number of sanctions against Russia.

Leaders say ,"Not afraid (Note: But doing is more difficult - Boats)

While they will not send troops or planes, the 30 nations of NATO, alarmed by the prospect that Russia might escalate the war with its neighbour after a grinding month-long conflict, will agree to send Kyiv equipment to defend against biological, chemical and nuclear attacks.

Leader after leader said as they arrived at the NATO meeting that the aim was to help Ukraine defend itself.

"Vladimir Putin has already crossed the red line into barbarism," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, adding: "The harder our sanctions ... the more we can do to help Ukraine ... the faster this thing can be over."

Johnson told LBC radio earlier that one option was to see if more can be done to prevent the Russian president from accessing his gold reserves, which could stop people buying Russian gold to convert it into hard currency.

The resolve to punish Moscow with massive sanctions will be underlined by an emergency meeting of the G7 advanced economies, which will bring Japan into the room with six NATO members.

Then, with a summit of the 27-nation European Union, countries representing more than half of the world's gross domestic product will have met in one day.

"Putin's steps are made to make us afraid as well so it deters us from helping Ukraine ... we should definitely not fall into that trap," Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said. "Putin can't win this war, it's very important to all of us."

Russia's assault on Ukraine has killed thousands and driven almost a quarter of Ukraine's 44 million people from their homes, according to United Nations data, including more than 3.6 million who have fled the country.

Putin says his forces are engaged in a "special military operation" to demilitarise and "denazify" Ukraine. Ukraine and the West say Putin launched an unprovoked war of aggression.

NATO has increased its presence on its eastern borders, with some 40,000 troops spread from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Leaders are expected to agree to deploy four new combat units in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia to further reassure countries on its eastern flank.

"Nobody can feel safe now," said Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda.

Russian oil and gas export

Russia has been frozen out of world commerce to a degree never before visited on such a large economy.

But the biggest loophole to sanctions is an exception for its energy exports. Some EU member states are resisting calls to ban Russian oil and gas, as they rely heavily on them.

In a tweet Ukraine's foreign ministry told the EU leaders to "stop financing the war, stop paying for Russian energy".

EU leaders are expected to agree at their two-day summit to jointly buy gas, as they seek to cut reliance on Russian fuels and build a buffer against supply shocks.

Brussels is also aiming to strike a deal with Biden to secure additional U.S. liquefied natural gas supplies for the next two winters.
Personal note: How long will this go on for? Undetermined. Russia is the only one
who can put a stop to this whole deadly game thats afoot and in play. What could've
been - has been tossed out - but the damage has already been done. NATO must
learn to work as a team - without fear of consequences. There is more power
in team work - then just walking away - because you don't want to suffer issues
such as Ukraine is going through. If you're that weak - you may be next and then
you may not get the support you need - from those you turned down in the past.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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