Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and US President Joe Biden at the G7 summit, Hiroshima, Japan, May 21, 2023


I joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s breakfast program on Monday to chat further about the G7 summit and Ukraine.

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I begin with an analysis of the G7’s statement that it seeks to “de-risk” rather than “de-couple” from China, in the context of trying to distance Beijing from any support of Russia’s invasion.

China taking a middle position as a broker, rather than as an ally of Moscow — that’s something the US, Europe, and indeed Australia want to encourage.

ORIGINAL ENTRY, MAY 21: I joined BBC Radio Scotland on Saturday to analyze the G7 summit in Japan, particuarly the defense of Ukraine against Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

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I discuss the expansion of sanctions on Moscow and focus on the possibility of the supply of F16 fighter jets to Kyiv.

And I deal with the distraction that a minority of Americans could halt US aid for Ukraine’s survival.

I don’t want to give Donald Trump too much oxygen.

There has always been a loud group in America — not just Trumpists, not just some irresponsible Republicans, but also some pro-Kremlin people who call themselves “leftists” — who say the US should never have given any support to Ukraine.

So far not just the Biden Administration but the majority of the American public have held firm.