Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chat prior to a meeting with Partner Countries and International Organizations at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau on Monday, June 27, 2022. The Canadian prime minister and his G7 counterparts are expected to end their summit in Germany with a show of support for Ukraine on before all seven leaders will head to a NATO summit in Spain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chat prior to a meeting with Partner Countries and International Organizations at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau on Monday, June 27, 2022. The Canadian prime minister and his G7 counterparts are expected to end their summit in Germany with a show of support for Ukraine on before all seven leaders will head to a NATO summit in Spain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

G7 leaders pledge to phase out or ban the import of Russian coal and oil

Prime Minister Trudeau pledges more aid and loans to Ukraine at G7 summit

Group of Seven leaders announced they will phase out or ban the import of Russian coal and oil in response to that country’s war with Ukraine and the ensuing energy crisis sparked by the invasion.

The conflict has squeezed energy markets in Europe and the security of the supply around the world.

In their final communique for the G7 summit in southern Germany today, the leaders say they are working to make sure Russia does not exploit its position as an energy producer to profit from its aggression at the expense of vulnerable countries.

They’ve promised immediate action to counter the rising cost of oil, but say they will not compromise their climate goals.

The leaders have also agreed to intensify their efforts to mitigate rising food prices and scarcity, which have been exacerbated as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

They plan to expand their resettlement programs to accommodate the millions of Ukrainian refugees who have been displaced by the conflict.

Canada is looking at developing new infrastructure to help other countries transition away from Russian oil and coal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday at the conclusion of the G7 summit.

“Canada obviously as an oil and gas producer is ensuring that in the short term we’re doing what we can to alleviate pressures,” Trudeau said at a news conference at the close of the summit.

“We’re also looking medium term at expanding some infrastructure, but in a way that hits that medium -term and -long-term goal of accelerating transition, not just off Russian oil and gas, but off of all our dependence on fossil fuels.”

The leaders agreed compromising on climate and biodiversity goals was not on the table to address the growing energy crisis.

The idea to ban Russian oil is still only in discussions, and would need to be implemented careful to mitigate the potential fallout for vulnerable countries that rely on Russia for power.

Trudeau said Canada remains determined to support Ukraine as it defends its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“It’s important that the world doesn’t lose its attention and focus over what’s happening in Ukraine, we must and we will remain committed until Ukraine and democracy prevail,” Trudeau told a news conference.

He announced more money for Ukraine on Tuesday, including a $200-million loan through the International Monetary Fund.

In addition to the loan to the Ukrainian government, Canada is giving $75 million in humanitarian assistance to help with operations in Ukraine and in the neighbouring countries. The aid will include the provision of in-kind food assistance, emergency cash and vouchers, protection, shelter and health services.

Earlier in the summit, Trudeau announced $52 million in agricultural aid including mobile grain storage equipment to increase grain storage capacity as well as help to provide speedy diagnostic testing and monitoring of animal diseases to allow for export certification.

“Our farmers typically face big challenges and have been proven to be inventive and creative. So we’ll bring this expertise to Ukraine to help as much as we can,” Trudeau said.

Canada is also contributing $15 million to help fund demining efforts and $9.7 million for those tracking human rights violations in Ukraine.

The leaders have also agreed to intensify their efforts to mitigate rising food prices and scarcity, which have been exacerbated as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

They plan to expand their resettlement programs to accommodate the millions of Ukrainian refugees who have been displaced by the conflict.

—Laura Osman, The Canadian Press

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