Photos of world leaders together at this past weekend’s Group of Seven (G7) summit in Japan show the level of isolation that Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing on the global stage.
Ten years ago, when Russia was a part of the Group of Eight, Putin was photographed in Northern Ireland waving his hand alongside then-President Obama, former British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
However, over the weekend in Hiroshima, Putin was notably absent when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posed Sunday next to President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, among others.
Russia was suspended from the group in 2014 following its invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea region, and it reverted to its Group of Seven name.
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Since the beginning of Russia’s war on Ukraine in February 2022, Putin has remained in near-total isolation in Russia.
In March of this year, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited him for a series of meetings in Moscow.
Zelenskyy arrived in Japan Saturday for diplomatic talks with G7 leaders after the U.S. pledged to train Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 jet fighters.
“Japan. G7. Important meetings with partners and friends of Ukraine. Security and enhanced cooperation for our victory,” Zelenskyy wrote in a Twitter post upon his arrival in Japan. “Peace will become closer today.”
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Confirmation of Zelenskyy’s in-person attendance came as G7 leaders from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the European Union, reaffirmed their “commitment to stand together against Russia’s illegal, unjustifiable, and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine.”
“Our support for Ukraine will not waver,” the G7 leaders said in a statement on Friday, vowing “to stand together against Russia’s illegal, unjustifiable, and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine.”
“Russia started this war and can end this war,” they said
An EU official told the Associated Press that Zelenskyy would take part in two separate sessions Sunday.
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The first session was with G7 members only and focused on the war in Ukraine. The second session included the G7 as well as the other nations invited to take part in the summit, and will focus on “peace and stability.”
Ahead of Zelenskyy’s participation at the G7, the group announced it will provide Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets and train Ukrainian pilots to fly them.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.