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German police are investigating electrical tampering at the site of the upcoming G7 summit, where leaders of the world’s major democratic economies are due to discuss continued support for Ukraine.
Die Welt, a German national daily, reported that local police were investigating dangerous tampering with electricity distribution boxes at the site of the upcoming G7 summit. The group of seven major democracies will meet June 26-28 at the Schloss Elmau hotel in the Bavarian Alps.
In recent days, electrical boxes have been tampered with and cables connecting the power boxes of a humanitarian organization have been disconnected, which could lead to the electrocution of employees, according to the newspaper. The area has already been cordoned off and some 18,000 officers are on duty.
Since the discovery of the tampering, no one will be allowed to enter the cordoned off area without presenting accreditation before midnight on the day the summit ends.
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Although police say they do not anticipate any major riots, there have been a few instances of politically motivated graffiti with the messages “Move G7” and “No G7”, Die Welt reported.
In an interview with the German news agency dpa published on Saturday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he wanted to use next week’s meeting with the other G-7 leaders in the Bavarian village of Elmau to discuss long-term prospects for Ukraine.
“We will continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary,” Scholz said. “We want to make sure that the Russian president [Vladimir Putin’s] the calculations don’t work.”
“Putin obviously hopes that everything will fall into place once he conquers enough land and the international community resumes business as usual,” he added. “It’s an illusion.”
Scholz said he and his counterparts from France, Italy and Romania discussed new arms supplies for Ukraine – particularly ammunition and artillery – with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during their visit to Ukraine. Kyiv Thursday.
The four leaders also backed Ukraine’s bid for European Union membership, a position Scholz said he hoped all countries in the bloc would support at a rally in Brussels next week.
Earlier this month, Germany’s interior minister ordered heightened security at its border from June 13 to July 3 as part of the G7 summit.
“The checks are intended to prevent potential perpetrators of violence from entering German territory,” the minister said in a statement, adding that “travellers should therefore expect to be subject to checks during this period”.
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The Interior Ministry did not say what kind of violent threats it could expect, but several protests against the summit are planned in the nearby town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and in the Bavarian capital, Munich, during the leaders meeting.
The temporary border checks will be “flexible in terms of place and time” and carried out “at the internal German land, air and sea borders” which generally fall under the European Union’s Schengen treaty allowing free movement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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