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    G7 Summit Opens with Deal to Use Russian Assets for Ukraine as EU’s Traditional Powers Recalibrate

    G7 Summit Opens with Deal to Use Russian Assets for Ukraine as EU’s Traditional Powers Recalibrate

    BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy — A Group of Seven summit opened Thursday with agreement reached on a U.S. proposal to back a $50 billion loan to using frozen Russian assets as collateral, giving Kyiv a strong show of support even as 's political chessboard shifts to the right.

    Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni welcomed the heads of state of the G7 leading industrialized nations to a luxury resort in southern Italy, saying she wanted the message of the meeting to be one of dialogue with the global south and unity.

    She likened the G7 to the ancient olive trees that are a symbol of the Puglia region, “with their solid roots, and branches projected toward the future.”

    Beyond discussions on Ukraine, the war in Gaza and 's industrial policy, Pope Francis will become the first pope to address a G7 summit, adding a dash of celebrity and moral authority to the annual gathering. He'll be speaking Friday about the promises and perils of artificial intelligence, but is expected to also renew his appeal for a peaceful end to 's full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

    The G7 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Italy, which is hosting the summit, has invited several African leaders — Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Kenyan President William Ruto and Tunisian President Kis Saied — to press Meloni's development and migration initiatives on…

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