UK’s Foreign Secretary calls for increased pressure on Russia following attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure

Cameron expressed hope that the upcoming G7 summit will result in concrete action, particularly regarding the use of frozen Russian assets. 

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron has urged Western nations to ramp up pressure on Russia in response to recent missile strikes targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. The call comes as G7 leaders prepare to meet this week, with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine expected to be a key topic of discussion.

The Foreign Secretary’s comments suggest a two-pronged approach to increasing pressure on Moscow:

1. Reducing dependence on Russian hydrocarbons, which has been a significant source of revenue for the Russian state.

2. Utilizing frozen Russian state assets to support Ukraine financially.

Cameron expressed hope that the upcoming G7 summit will result in concrete action, particularly regarding the use of frozen Russian assets.

This proposal to leverage frozen Russian assets to support Ukraine represents a potentially significant shift in Western strategy. If implemented, it could provide substantial financial aid to Ukraine while simultaneously applying economic pressure on Russia.

The timing of Cameron’s statement is noteworthy, coming in the wake of renewed Russian attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure. These attacks have been seen as an attempt to demoralize the Ukrainian population and strain the country’s resources as winter approaches.

As G7 leaders prepare to meet, Cameron’s remarks may set the tone for discussions on how to respond to Russia’s actions and provide continued support to Ukraine. The outcome of these talks could have far-reaching implications for the ongoing conflict and the broader geopolitical landscape in Eastern Europe.

The international community will be closely watching the G7 summit for any indications of a coordinated Western response to Russia’s recent actions and potential new measures to support Ukraine’s defence and reconstruction efforts.