The group of seven richest countries will look at a proposal to build a rapid response mechanism to counter Russian “propaganda” and disinformation, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Reuters.
Raab said ahead of a G7 foreign ministers̵
“So when we see these lies and propaganda or fake news being broadcast there, we can – not only individually, but meet to give a rebuttal and frankly to give the truth to the people of this country, but also in Russia or China or around about in the world, ”said Raab.
Russia and China are trying to sow distrust across the West, whether it is by spreading misinformation at elections or by spreading lies about COVID-19 vaccines, according to British, US and European security officials.
Russia denies interfering outside its borders, saying the West is gripped by anti-Russian hysteria. China says the West is a bully and that its leaders have a post-imperial mindset that makes them feel like they can act like global policemen.
Britain has identified Russia as the biggest threat to its security, although it considers China to be its biggest long-term challenge, militarily, economically and technologically.
Raab will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday and launch a week of diplomacy aimed at reviving the G7’s role and forming a broader bulwark against those they see as undermining the rule-based international order.
“The space for intense global cooperation, international cooperation with our US partners and, in fact, the broader G7 that we are convening for this week, has never been greater,” Raab said.
He stressed that a personal meeting – something only possible due to measures such as daily testing of participants – would make diplomacy much easier: “You can only do so much at Zoom.”
The G7 members are the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, and their total gross domestic product is about $ 40 trillion – a little less than half of the global economy.
In recent months, British and US officials have expressed concern over growing strategic cooperation between Russia, the world’s largest country by territory, and China, the world’s fastest growing major economy.
Asked about the concerns, Raab said: “What matters most to us is that we expand the international choice of like-minded countries that stand up for open societies, human rights and democracy that stand for open trade.”
He said many of these allies wanted to “know how this pandemic started.” The coronavirus outbreak, which began in China in late 2019, has killed 3.2 million people and cost the world trillions of dollars in lost production.
Raab said some of the barriers between the G7 and other like-minded countries needed to be broken down so that there could be a wider network of allies standing up for open markets and democracy.
Britain has invited India, Australia and South Korea to attend this week’s meeting, which runs from Monday to Wednesday, and the full leadership summit in June.
Asked whether Britain could seek to join a separate group known as the Quad – the United States, Japan, Australia and India – Raab said there was no concrete proposal yet, but Britain was looking at ways to get more involved in India. Pacific Ocean.
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