UK News Dominic Raab to meet US counterpart Blinken today ahead of G7 - 'UK not in the cold'
Raab says Russia's behaviour has 'got to change' at UK-US joint conference
Dominic Raab has said Russia's behaviour "has got to change" in order to improve relations with the UK ahead of discussions between G7 foreign ministers. © N/A Raab: Russia's behaviour has 'got to change' The foreign secretary held a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Downing Street on Monday.Among the topics discussed were sanctions on Russian citizens, climate change and President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan later this year.
The meeting comes ahead of the first in-person summit of G7 foreign ministers, which is set to start on Tuesday. During the summit, the UK will speak to representatives from Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan, France and theabout what Mr Raab labelled their "shared challenges".
James Rogers, of the Council on Geostrategy think tank, said: "It's good to see that Blinken is visiting the UK and actively participating in the Government's G7 agenda - it will be a good opportunity to bring together a number of important countries and to coax those who are not necessarily on board, particularly those European members who are conflicted over China.
‘Shared challenges and rising threats on agenda at G7 foreign ministers meeting’
Nations including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU will join the UK for talks throughout the day on Tuesday.The Foreign Secretary will lead discussions on relations with Russia, China and Iran on Tuesday, as well as the crisis in Myanmar, violence in Ethiopia and Syria, according to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
"It really puts paid to fears circulating before Biden became President that his administration would focus on the EU and cast Britain into the cold.
"After all, Biden has his Irish roots and Blinken, who grew up in Paris, famously accused Britain of self-harm over Brexit a few years ago."
He added: "All the main subjects under discussion are connected by one thing: China. Even building back better is about levelling up and becoming less dependent on China.
"While the EU has shown its weakness over China, the UK has offered a carrier strike group, which is about to deploy, and is building deeper connections with India and Japan."
Mr Raab highlighted the importance of gathering the world's powers in a conversation on how to tackle "shared challenges" together.
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© Jonathan Buckmaster, AP The British Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Dominic Raab, at the center left, with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, at Center on the right, as part of the G7 in London, Monday, May 3, 2021. The Foreign Ministers of the G7 are found on Tuesday in London for their first meeting in person for more than two years, in order to work on Joint responses to global threats. Take steps to protect democracies.
He said: "This week's G7 meeting shows Global Britain bringing the world's biggest democracies together to tackle shared challenges. We'll be taking action to ensure fair access to vaccines around the world, setting global girls' education targets, agreeing ambitious action on climate change and developing new measures to prevent famine."
As well as G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, US & UK - plus the EU), the Foreign Secretary has also invited India, Australia, South Korea and South Africa.
The Chair and Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will also join this year's meeting as guests.
Department for International Trade sources close to Trade Secretary Liz Truss toldthe meeting could increase trade opportunities for the UK.
One Whitehall source said: "The G7 is truly an opportunity to show Britain is open for business through constructive diplomacy.
"Asia is one of the fastest-growing global markets and we want to take advantage of significant opportunities."
The G7 wants a rapid mechanism to counter the Russian "propaganda" says Raab .
GB-G7-Raab: The G7 wants a fast mechanism to counter the Russian "propaganda" says Raab © Reuters / Henry Nicholls the G7 Wants a rapid mechanism to counter Russian "propaganda" says Raab London (Reuters) - G7 countries will review a proposal to set up a rapid response mechanism to counter "propaganda" and Russian misinformation, Told Reuters the Head of British Diplomacy Dominic Raab.