G7 members meet in Liverpool, focus on Russia-Ukraine conflict

16:28, 11 December 2021
G7 members meet in Liverpool, focus on Russia-Ukraine conflict Photo: Thomas Koehler/PHOTOTHEK/Global Look Press

During the talks, the seven countries showed intention to give a united response to authoritarian regimes.

Foreign Ministers of the members of G7 reunited on Saturday at the Museum of Liverpool to hold the last G7 meeting under Britain’s presidency this year. The representatives seek to act cooperatively as they face rising tensions on Ukraine-Russia borders and general hostility coming from authoritarian governments.

"We need to defend ourselves against the growing threats from hostile actors and we need to come together strongly to stand up to aggressors who are seeking to limit the bounds of freedom and democracy," British foreign minister Liz Truss said in her opening speech.

Truss also urged her partners to develop economic, investment, and technology cooperation so that they can better push democratic values worldwide.

The members have also discussed a nuclear deal with Iran as large actors seek to reach a new agreement on the country’s nuclear development limit in exchange for lifting international sanctions.

The summit which will last for two days is expected to be attended by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Sunday. The Asian ministers will participate in the summit of the richest democracies in the world days before US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s return visit to Southeast Asia to discuss ways to oppose China’s dominance in the region and social issues.

Among other guests, there are representatives from South Korea, Australia, South Africa, and India, some of them taking part online due to COVID-related restrictions.

This weekend's talks become the first official mission of Germany’s new Foreign Minister and the Greens’ leader Annalena Baerbock who has earlier unveiled that the largest economy of the EU will react tougher towards authoritarian states. Germany is also the next country to hold the G7 Presidency.

The meeting comes shortly after the US imposed new sanctions on Russia, China, North Korea, Myanmar, and some other countries over alleged human rights abuses.