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G-7 leaders in Hiroshima, Japan.


Zelensky makes his pitch

President Volodymyr Zelensky is on a mission ahead of the much-touted Ukrainian counteroffensive that could launch any day now. That explains why he was in Saudi Arabia today to lobby dozens of countries meeting in Jeddah for the Arab League summit.

While the Gulf states in particular have doled out aid to Ukraine – the Saudis, for example, pledged $400 million earlier this year, while UAE promised $100 million – the oil-rich countries have maintained close relations with Russia, a fellow petrostate. Zelensky was likely also trying to ensure that Egypt doesn’t arm the Kremlin, after recent reports that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was toying with the idea, angering Washington.

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What We're Watching: G7 summit, SCOTUS gun-rights ruling, Ramaphosa's bad optics

G7 meets as global fault lines deepen

Leaders of the world’s leading industrialized democracies — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US — will gather in Bavaria this weekend to discuss ways to shore up support for Ukraine without slipping into a direct conflict between NATO and Russia. China’s “coercive economic practices” will also be on the agenda, according to US officials. With global geopolitical fault lines opening up as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine, one key G7 guest to watch is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will attend just two days after taking part in a pivotal summit of the BRICS, where B(razil), I(India), C(hina) and S(outh Africa) all looked for ways to deepen ties with R(ussia.)

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