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GENEVA—With U.S.-Russian relations at a post-Cold War low, Wednesday’s summit between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin is gearing up to be a showdown between two leaders who have long been at odds. Both sides have indicated they plan to use the summit in Geneva to project strength on the global stage and have lowered expectations that it will lead to a thaw in relations between Washington and Moscow. “It’s about making myself very clear what the conditions are to get a better relationship with Russia,” Mr. Biden told reporters after the Group of Seven summit of wealthy democracies Sunday in Cornwall, England. “We’re not looking for conflict—we are looking to resolve those actions which we think are inconsistent with international norms.”In an interview with NBC released Friday, Mr. Putin said the U.S. and Russia “have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years.”Mr. Biden said on Sunday, “To be clear, I think he’s right; it’s a low point.”
Persons: Biden, Vladimir Putin, , ” Mr, Putin, Russia “, Organizations: GENEVA, U.S, NBC Locations: Geneva, Washington, Moscow, Russia, Cornwall, England, U.S
NATO welcomes Biden in ‘pivotal’ post-Trump summit
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Robin Emmott | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
NATO leaders hope to open a new chapter in transatlantic relations at a summit with U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday, agreeing to focus on tackling climate change for the first time as well as facing up China’s military rise. Described as a "pivotal moment" by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, the summit aims to turn the page on four tense years with Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, who shook confidence in the Western alliance by calling it "obsolete". 1/4 Banners displaying the NATO logo are placed at the entrance of new NATO headquarters during the move to the new building, in Brussels, Belgium April 19, 2018. But foremost in leaders' minds, diplomats say, is a need to hear Biden recommit the United States to NATO's collective defence after the Trump era. Trump's confrontational rhetoric towards allies from 2017 to 2019 at NATO summits created an impression of crisis, envoys said.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jens Stoltenberg, Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Biden, Vladimir Putin, Yves Herman, Trump Organizations: NATO, REUTERS, European Leadership Network, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Cornwall, England, Geneva, Belgium, Crimea, Moscow, United States, Russia
Taiwan says will be ‘force for good’ after unprecedented G7 support
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Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSTaiwan will be a “force for good” and continue to seek even greater international support, the presidential office said, after the Chinese-claimed island won unprecedented backing from the Group of Seven of major democracies. Taiwan and G7 member countries share basic values ​​such as democracy, freedom, and human rights, he added. Taiwan will continue to deepen its partnership with G7 states and other like-minded countries and strive for greater support from the international community, he said. Taiwan will also "firmly contribute the greatest force for good" for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, Chang added. While most countries, including G7 members, have no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the grouping along with other Western allies have been bolstering their backing for the island.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Xavier Chang, Chang Organizations: British, Canadian, Australia's, REUTERS, Sunday, World Health Organization, Thomson Locations: U.S, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, REUTERS Taiwan, China, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan Strait, Taiwan
U.S. President Joe Biden walks with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan as he arrives for the final session of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 13, 2021. Doug Mills/Pool via REUTERSWhite House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday G7 leaders rallied around the need to “counter and compete” with China on challenges ranging from safeguarding democracy to the technology race. "Words like counter and compete were words coming out of the mouths of every leader in the room, not just Joe Biden," he said. G7 leaders also sought to counter China's growing influence by offering developing countries an infrastructure plan that could rival Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative by supporting projects such as railways in Africa and wind farms in Asia. It says many major powers are still gripped by an outdated imperial mindset after years of humiliating China.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, Doug Mills, Sullivan Organizations: National Security, White House, Sunday, Air Force, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, China, Brussels, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Africa, Asia, Beijing
United States President Joe Biden's plan to unite Washington's closest allies and take on China just scored a big political win. The G7 confronted China on just about every sore spot, from allegations of human rights abuses and forced labor in Xinjiang to ongoing political disputes over Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea. China still fired back against the statement, accusing the G7 of deliberately slandering China" and "arbitrarily interfering in China's internal affairs." Under Biden, the United States recently expanded a ban on American investment in dozens of Chinese firms. In his statement reported by Xinhua, the Chinese President said it was important to "maintain overall social stability and create a good atmosphere for the Party's centenary."
Persons: Joe Biden's, Washington's, Xi, Donald Trump, Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Mario Draghi, Joe Biden, Biden, China's mercantilist, Alex Capri, Hinrich, , Xi Jinping, Qu Yuan Organizations: CNN, US, United, Washington, Embassy, Canadian, Trump, Huawei, Hinrich Foundation, National University of Singapore, Mecrator Institute of China Studies, Eurasia Group, CNN . Rescue, Xinhua, Communist Locations: China, States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South China, Taiwan Strait, London, Italian, St Austell , Cornwall, England, Beijing, Europe, United States, Britain, Asia, Korea, New Zealand, China's Hubei Province, China's Hubei, Zhangwan, Shiyan, Heilongjiang province, Shenzhen, Hubei, Tianjin
"G7 leaders have utterly failed to face up to the challenges facing the world," said Nick Dearden, director of campaign group Global Justice Now. This summit proves beyond all doubt that the G7 is not fit for purpose," Dearden said. In a note Monday, Paul Donovan, chief economist at UBS Global Wealth Management, referred to the G-7 as a "selfie summit." "The main focus of the G7 meeting (the photo opportunity) seemed to go well. Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists take part in the "Sound The Alarm" march during the G7 summit in Cornwall on June 11, 2021 in St Ives, Cornwall, England.
Persons: Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Leon Neal, Nick Dearden, Dearden, Paul Donovan, Donovan, Jeff J Mitchell Organizations: European, Japanese, Italian, Getty, Hong, Sino, U.S, of British Industry, Global, EU, European Commission, European Council, UBS Global Wealth Management, WHO, World Trade Organization Locations: U.S, British, Carbis, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, China, England, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, India, South Korea, United States, St Ives, South Africa, Switzerland, Norway, Brazil
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson seen correcting US President Joe Biden at this weekend's G7 summit. Biden wrongly suggested Johnson hadn't introduced South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. The UK Prime Minister appeared to twice wave away the president's interruptions. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seen correcting US President Joe Biden at this weekend's G7 Summit in Cornwall, England, after the president interrupted him to wrongly suggest that Johnson had failed to introduce South Africa's president at a roundtable of world leaders. It was not clear from footage of the incident whether Biden had not heard Johnson introduced President Ramaphosa or whether he was unaware of his name and therefore had not realized that Johnson had already introduced him.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Biden, Johnson hadn't, Cyril Ramaphosa, Johnson, , Brown, Narendra Modi, Ramaphosa, Max Lawson Organizations: UK, Guardian Locations: Cornwall, England, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa
Biden is in Belgium to meet NATO leaders. But a recent report said European militaries are too ill equipped to meet challenges posed by China. President Joe Biden plans to push NATO allies to adopt a tougher stance towards China at his first summit as president, but a new report says its a challenge few European members of the group are equipped to meet. The study detailed decades of decline by European militaries, such as: "Much of Europe's military hardware is in a shocking state of disrepair. The allies' inability to meet the challenges that Biden considers key could also be the source of new tensions.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Jens Stoltenberg, We're, Stoltenberg, Jake Sullivan, we've, Sullivan, aren't, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin Organizations: NATO, Biden, China, Reuters, Center for American Progress, Biden White House, Politico, People's Liberation Army, PLA, American, Nato, EU Locations: Belgium, China, Brussels, Beijing, Cornwall, Britain
Boris Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’ Makes Shaky Start at G7 Summit
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Mark Landler | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
It was the jarring intrusion of Northern Ireland into the proceedings. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Macron had a tense exchange over post-Brexit trade arrangements for the region. British officials are demanding that the European Union change the current system — designed to avoid new barriers between Ireland, an E.U. member state, and Northern Ireland — because it says that checks on some goods flowing from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland is driving a wedge between two parts of the United Kingdom. British newspapers reported that Mr. Macron suggested Northern Ireland was not part of the union.
Persons: Johnson, you’ve, , Jamie Drummond, Bono, it’s, Macron Organizations: United, Johnson’s, European Union Locations: Cornwall, London, United Nations, Glasgow, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Britain, United Kingdom
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund is exploring creation of a new trust that could allow its members to lend their IMF reserves to a broader range of countries, including middle-income countries vulnerable to climate change, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said on Sunday. Georgieva said she would work with IMF members in the coming months on how they could re-allocate some of their SDRs or use budget loans to reach - or even exceed - the $100 billion goal. The previously unreported new trust could help broaden the effort and make funds available to more countries, and for broader initiatives, in line with global goals for combating climate change. The IMF already has a vehicle - the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust - that allows members to share their IMF reserves, known as Special Drawing Rights, with the poorest countries. However, small island states and other middle-income countries that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and significant economic downturns, are not eligible for funding through that IMF vehicle.
Persons: Kristalina Georgieva, Georgieva, ” Georgieva, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Monetary Fund, IMF, Sustainability Trust, Reuters, Sunday Locations: China, Cornwall, England, “ China
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The International Monetary Fund is exploring creation of a new trust that could allow its members to lend their IMF reserves to more countries, including middle-income countries vulnerable to climate change, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said on Sunday. “This is a moral imperative and an economic necessity,” Georgieva said, adding that allowing the gap between rich and poor countries to continue to widen could also trigger unrest. “We have seen in the past that divergence that leads to more inequality, it creates a breeding ground for more instability in the world,” she said. The previously unreported new trust could help broaden the effort and make funds available to more countries, and for broader initiatives, in line with global goals for combating climate change. “It means that more countries with needs can get aid and resources to get through the pandemic,” he said.
Persons: Kristalina Georgieva, Ludovic Marin, REUTERS Georgieva, ” Georgieva, , Georgieva, Eric LeCompte Organizations: WASHINGTON, Monetary Fund, REUTERS, IMF, Sustainability Trust, Reuters, Sunday, Growth Trust, United Nations, Jubilee USA Locations: Paris, France, China, Cornwall, England, “ China
LONDON — They met Friday at the Group of Seven summit, but President Joe Biden and the first lady had an altogether more private meeting with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday, at her home in Windsor Castle. The monarch, 95, received the Bidens for tea at her historic residence, about 30 miles west of London. The queen has stoically continued with her official duties since then and met Biden alongside other world leaders and their spouses on Friday at the G-7 summit, by the seaside in Cornwall, southwest England. Biden first met the queen in 1982 as a Democratic senator for Delaware but this time he joined her as president. After a state visit in 2019, Trump told Fox News: "There are those that say they have never seen the queen have a better time."
Persons: Joe Biden, Queen Elizabeth II, Biden, Prince Philip, stoically, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S, Truman, Donald Trump, Trump, Jill Biden, Catherine , Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, Lilibet Diana, Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, , Vladimir Putin Organizations: Democratic, Washington , D.C, Windsor Castle, Fox News, NBC, NBC News, Sunday, NATO Locations: Windsor Castle, London, American, Windsor, Cornwall, England, Delaware, Britain, Washington ,, California, Brussels, Switzerland
Churchgoers in a seaside resort in England say they have been left “gobsmacked” when U.S. President Joe Biden and the first lady Jill Biden dropped in for a Sunday service. The Bidens are in Cornwall, southwest England, where the U.S. president is attending a Group of Seven wealthy democracies summit. On Sunday morning, ahead of the summit’s conclusion, they were seen attending mass at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in St. Ives. “It’s quite amazing, we went into the church and they took some details from us and I thought this is a bit unusual. I’m not sure I will ever get over this moment completely.”Gayle Wood, 63, said Biden appeared to make a “very generous donation” to the church before leaving.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jill Biden, St . Ives, , , Annie Fitzpatrick, Biden, I’m, ” Gayle Wood Organizations: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, NBC Locations: England, Cornwall, St .
G7 pledge cooperation on carbon leakage as EU border tariff looms
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Kate Abnett | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
"We ... acknowledge the risk of carbon leakage, and will work collaboratively to address this risk and to align our trading practices with our commitments under the Paris agreement," G7 leaders said on Sunday in a joint communique. The leaders said policies to put a price on CO2 will help them decarbonise their economies. A draft of the EU policy would require importers of iron and steel, aluminium, cement, fertilisers, and electricity to buy digital certificates to get their goods over the EU border. We need to address carbon leakage to create (a) global level playing field," European Council President Charles Michel said in a tweet after the G7 meeting. Brussels says the policy is needed to put EU firms on an equal footing with competitors in countries with weaker climate policies.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Joe Biden, Brendan Smialowski, Charles Michel Organizations: Canada's, Britain's, Seven, Sunday, European, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, European Union, Paris, EU, Brussels, Russia, U.S, Europe
LONDON — President Joe Biden and his fellow Group of Seven leaders agreed to donate 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer countries over the next year, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters as the summit wrapped up on Sunday. But the commitment falls far short of the 11 billion doses the World Health Organization said are needed to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the world's population. A plan to offer developing nations an infrastructure scheme that could rival China's huge Belt and Road initiative was also on the agenda. Greenpeace U.K. accused Johnson of producing "reheated old promises" and said it would take "nothing for granted" until nations came up with the money. As the host of the summit, the U.K. was on a charm offensive, deploying the royal family to meet world leaders on Friday.
Persons: Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Biden, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, David Attenborough, Attenborough, E.U, Brexit, Jill, Queen Elizabeth II Organizations: LONDON, Seven, British, World Health Organization, Gavi, Health Organization, NBC, Greenpeace, European Union, Royal Air Force Red Arrows, Sunday Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, London, China, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, Beijing, Western, U.S, British, Northern Ireland, England, Windsor
Germany's Merkel hopes for G7 infrastructure plans in 2022
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday said she hoped that a new Group of Seven task force can present first infrastructure projects in developing countries in 2022. German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a plenary session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 13, 2021. The G7 had recognised that they had to deliver support for the development of poorer countries, Merkel said at a news conference. “I hope that we will be able to present such projects already during the next G7 summit, which will be in Germany.”Germany will take over the G7 presidency from Britain next year. It also pledged support of $100 billion annually for developing countries to support them in their fight against climate change, for which Germany raised its contribution promises.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Phil Noble, China’s, Joe Biden, Merkel, , Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters Locations: CARBIS BAY, England, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, Germany, ” Germany, China
G7 split on reallocating $100 billion IMF funds to COVID-hit nations
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSCARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) - Group of Seven leaders were trying to resolve differences over a proposal to reallocate $100 billion from the International Monetary Fund’s warchest to help countries struggling to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. An almost final version of the G7 communique seen by Reuters showed Germany and Italy had yet to back the inclusion of the $100 billion figure in the final statement by leaders. The IMF’s members agreed in April to a $650 billion increase in IMF’s Special Drawing Rights and the G7 countries are considering whether to reallocate $100 billion of their rights to help poor countries fight the COVID pandemic. SDRs are the IMF’s reserve asset, and are exchangeable for dollars, euros, sterling, yen and Chinese yuan or renminbi. Member states can loan or donate their SDR reserves to other countries for their use.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Yoshihide Suga, Charles Michel, Mario Draghi, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Kristalina Georgieva Organizations: British, Canadian, European, Australia's, Seven, International Monetary, Reuters, IMF Locations: U.S, Japanese, Italian, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, CARBIS BAY, England, Germany, Italy
UK regulators announced an unprecedented deal to oversee Google's changes to third-party cookies. The move comes as world leaders gather for the G7 summit in the English seaside county of Cornwall. Experts say the announcement has given Boris Johnson a chance to take the lead on tech regulation. Some insiders believe the timing of the announcement has given the UK an opportunity to steer the conversation on tech regulation at the G7. Third-party cookies have been used to enable advertisers to follow users around the web and target them with personalized ads.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, they're, James Rosewell, Tommaso Valletti, Justin Taylor, Teads Organizations: Facebook, Google, British, Markets Authority, CMA, Imperial College Business School, EU Commission, Big Tech Locations: Cornwall, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, India, Westminster
Live G7 Live Updates: World Leaders Face Critical Climate Questions On the final day of the meeting of the world’s wealthiest large democracies, nations are working to reach consensus on plans to limit carbon emissions. President Biden will meet with Queen Elizabeth II later on Sunday. Beyond that point, climate change is expected to have extreme and irreversible consequences. President Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, with Queen Elizabeth II in Cornwall on Friday. President Biden with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain before their meeting on Thursday.
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G7 agrees 1 billion COVID vaccine donation - communique
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) sentiment -0.64   time to read: +2 min
"The commitments since we last met in February 2021 including here in Carbis Bay provide for 1 billion doses over the next year," said the communique, seen by Reuters. "We will work together with the private sector, the G20 and other countries to increase this contribution over the months to come," the communique said. The G7 said in the draft that the vaccine donations built on exports from domestic production with at least 700 million doses exported or to be exported this year, of which at least 50% have gone to non G7 countries. The COVAX facility, backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), aims to secure 2 billion vaccine doses for lower-income countries by the end of 2021. "We reaffirm our support for all pillars of the ACT-A across treatments, tests and strengthening public health systems as well as vaccines," the communique said.
Persons: St, Toby Melville Organizations: REUTERS, Toby Melville Group of, Reuters, World Health Organization, WHO, Global Alliance, Vaccines, ACT, Thomson Locations: St Ives, Cornwall, Britain, Carbis, Japan, China
Britain wants to ease tensions with EU over N.Ireland, says Raab
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gestures during an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleBritain wants to ease tensions with the European Union over trade with Northern Ireland, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, repeating a warning that the bloc had to realise the province was part of the United Kingdom. "We want tensions eased, we want a flexible, pragmatic approach. What we cannot have is both the Northern Ireland protocol being applied in a very lopsided way or the Good Friday Agreement being undermined as a result of it," he told Sky News at a G7 meeting in southwestern England. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Toby Melville Britain Organizations: Britain's, Reuters, REUTERS, European Union, Sky News, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, Northern Ireland, British, United Kingdom, England
Bidens to have tea with Queen Elizabeth as G7 ends
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U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive to pose for photos with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson at the G7 summit, in Carbis Bay, Britain, June 11, 2021. Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERSU.S. President Joe Biden and his wife Jill will have tea with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle on Sunday at the end of the G7 summit and as he wraps up the British leg of his first international trip since taking office. "Joe and I are both looking forward to meeting the queen," Jill Biden said after they arrived in Britain on Thursday. Despite the loss in April of Prince Philip, her 99-year-old husband of more than 70 years, and her age, the queen has shown her determination to carry on with her official duties as head of state during the high-profile G7 summit. read moreAfter leaving Windsor, Biden will head off to a NATO summit in Brussels on Monday, a U.S.-EU summit on Tuesday and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva the following day.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Boris Johnson, Carrie Johnson, Patrick Semansky, Jill, Queen Elizabeth, Buckingham, Joe, Biden, George W, Bush, Elizabeth, Lyndon Johnson, Prince Philip, Philip, Vladimir Putin Organizations: British, REUTERS U.S, Guard, Battalion, Guards, U.S, National, Windsor, NATO, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Britain, Windsor, Cornwall, England, U.S, Brussels, Geneva
Bidens attend mass before final day of G7 summit
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U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. first lady Jill Biden leave after attending church, before the last day of the G7 summit, in St Ives, Britain, June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueU.S. President Joe Biden and his wife Jill went to church on Sunday morning before the final day of the Group of Seven summit in England, with his huge convoy of cars winding around the narrow lanes of Cornwall. With police outriders leading the way, a convoy of 17 mostly large black vehicles with flashing lights made their way along the quiet, tiny lanes of the Cornish fishing village before arriving at the church. After leaving mass, Biden escorted his wife to her own vehicle before he returned to his, heading for the summit in the nearby village of Carbis Bay. The G7 summit is due to finish in the early afternoon on Sunday and the couple will then travel to Windsor Castle to have tea with Queen ElizabethOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Kevin Lamarque, Jill, Biden, Queen Elizabeth Our Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: St Ives, Britain, England, Cornwall, Carbis, Windsor
S.Africa’s President Ramaphosa urges G7 nations to plug COVID-19 funding gap
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa attend a bilateral meeting during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 13, 2021. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERSSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the Group of Seven countries to help finance the World Health Organization’s programme to boost COVID-19 testing, diagnostics and vaccines, the presidency said on Sunday. The World Health Organization’s ACT Accelerator programme for global COVID-19 treatments aims to fast-track production and ensure equitable access to tests, treatments, and vaccines in the fight against COVID-19. "If all G7 countries met their fair share target, this initiative would be two-thirds funded – and it would be 90% funded if all G20 countries made their fair share contributions," Ramaphosa said. Ramaphosa also urged G7 members to support the TRIPS waiver on patents for COVID-19 vaccines and engage in negotiations that could help boost vaccine production.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Cyril Ramaphosa, Stefan Rousseau, Ramaphosa Organizations: Britain's, South, Health, COVID, WHO, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, England, Africa, United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Canada
Biden says Putin right that US-Russian relations are at low point
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
U.S. President Joe Biden arrives for a news conference at the end of the G7 summit, at Cornwall Airport Newquay, Britain, June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueU.S. President Joe Biden said on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was correct to say that relations between their two nations were at their lowest point in years. "Let me make it clear I think he's right it's a low point, and it depends on how he responds to acting consistent with international norms, which in many cases he has not," Biden told reporters at the conclusion of a Group of Seven leaders' summit in Britain. Biden said he had told Putin before being elected he would look at whether the Russian leader had been involved in trying to interfere with the U.S. election. The U.S. president, who will meet Putin in Geneva this week, said they were not looking for conflict but to resolve "actions which we think are inconsistent with international norms."
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque, Vladimir Putin, Biden, Putin Organizations: Cornwall Airport, REUTERS, Seven, U.S, Putin, Thomson Locations: Cornwall Airport Newquay, Britain, Geneva
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