Boris Johnson leads ‘most crucial’ G7 gathering since Russia invaded Ukraine

Boris Johnson is due to land in Germany on Sunday morning for a G7 summit on the final leg of his diplomatic tour

Boris Johnson is this week set for the “most crucial gathering of world leaders” since Russia invaded Ukraine.

The prime minister was due to land in Germany on Sunday morning for a G7 summit on the final leg of his diplomatic tour.

His Airbus plane was due to land in Munich after a seven-and-a-half-hour, 3,600-mile flight from Rwanda, where he attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

The Tory leader, reeling from partial election defeats in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton, is due to travel to Madrid for a NATO summit later this week.

Both meetings are expected to be dominated by the West’s response to Vladimir Putin ordering Russian troops to wage war on Ukraine in March.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister backed the Ukrainians to triumph in the conflict.

And on Sunday, he joins other G7 leaders including US President Joe Biden, French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for three days of intense negotiations at Schlosshotel Elmau in Krün, Bavaria.

Boris Johnson flies to Germany from Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda


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The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: “The G7 and NATO summits will be the most crucial gathering of world leaders since Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

“The West has come together in recent months to provide military, financial and political support to Ukraine.

“But as it becomes clear that this war will not be won overnight by Putin as he had hoped, but ultimately by Ukraine, thanks to their long and continued determination, our support must enter a new phase. “

The spokesman said Western allies wanted to “see the same thing – a democratic, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine, able to defend itself against further aggression”.

The Prime Minister will use the two summits to ask his counterparts “how we can give President Zelensky and Ukraine the means to achieve the result they want”, said his spokesperson.

He added: “This is what the Prime Minister will ask at the G7 and NATO summits as he encourages his fellow leaders to increase their economic, military and political support for Ukraine.”

Mr Johnson is also expected to launch new attempts to tighten sanctions against Moscow and Putin’s cronies.

The Prime Minister’s wife Carrie is due to take part in a program of events for leaders’ wives in Bavaria and is expected to join her husband at a barbecue on Monday evening.

Mr Johnson is expected to speak with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mr Scholz, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa during his trip to Germany.

South Africa is not part of the G7 but Mr. Ramaphosa was invited as a guest.

After the G7, he will go to the NATO summit in Madrid


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On Tuesday, Mr Johnson travels 920 miles to Madrid for the final leg of his nine-day diplomatic marathon.

He will join NATO leaders for a two-day summit in the Spanish capital which will be dominated by the war in Ukraine.

President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to address the alliance via video link from Kyiv.

The talks will include negotiations over the candidacies of Finland and Sweden to join the 73-year-old coalition in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Downing Street expects “substantial progress” on the country’s candidacies, which have been backed by a host of allies, including the UK.

Mr Johnson is due to hold talks on the sidelines of the summit with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Spanish leader Pedro Sánchez and Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.

As China’s growing militarization puts pressure on NATO, the prime minister is also expected to have his first face-to-face meetings with new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and South Korean President Yoon Seok-youl, who have were invited as guests.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace are also due to attend the summit.

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