After bilateral talks in Kyiv, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau took part in a video conference of the G7 leaders.
The President of Ukraine thanked Olaf Scholz, Federal Chancellor of Germany, who chairs the G7, for organizing this summit.
"I believe that such a summit with the participation of Ukraine today proves that the free world is determined not only to defend freedom, but also to win, as it did 77 years ago. On behalf of the entire Ukrainian people, I am grateful to the leaders of the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan. I am grateful to the European Union and, of course, to the Prime Minister of Canada for this solidarity with us," Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the media representatives after an online speech at the G7 summit.
According to him, the G7 leaders agreed on a special summit declaration, which fixed the historical solidarity of the participating countries and their readiness to work together until security and observance of international law for Ukraine and the whole of Europe are restored.
Also, as noted by the President of Ukraine, at the G7 meeting, he proposed specific tools needed now by Ukraine and everyone in the world "who values freedom, democracy and independence."
"The first is new steps in Ukraine's defense support. Because it is on the battlefield that the fate of freedom in Europe is decided. Secondly, I stressed the need for new sanctions against Russia, as the war on our land continues, which means that the existing sanctions are not enough. Third, we discussed financial support for Ukraine now, when the war continues, and joint work to restore our state after the war. The scale of Russia's current threat in Europe makes the return of concepts such as the Lend-Lease and the Marshall Plan quite natural," he said.
In the fourth point, Volodymyr Zelenskyy invited all the G7 states to join the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, using the format of patronage over specific cities, towns, regions and industries affected by the Russian invasion.
"It is this format that can give maximum efficiency to the work on the recovery and create new economic and technological ties within the democratic world," said the President.
The fifth point of the proposals of the President of Ukraine is to unite efforts to guarantee stability in the global food market.
"We, the grain exporters, are able to do this on the basis of respect for human rights in such a way that there are no more price crises in the food market, so that each country is confident that it is not threatened by famine," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The Prime Minister of Canada assured that his country will continue not only to provide assistance to Ukraine, but also to consolidate the efforts of international partners, including in the issue of sanctions.
"On this anniversary of the victory in the war in Europe, we stand side by side and defend freedom, independence and international law. We will continue to impose severe sanctions, reduce our dependence on energy resources from Russia, and fight disinformation from Russia. We will also be there to overcome all of Putin's challenges, including the food threat," said Justin Trudeau.
The President thanked the G7 leaders for their willingness to work together to protect and strengthen freedom and democracy in the world.