G7 Hiroshima summit a success, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida says

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is hailing this year's Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima as a success.

Kishida, who chaired the summit, said that leaders made clear their determination to protect international order and, with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's dramatic appearance, heralded their solidarity with Ukraine.

In his closing speech of the summit on Sunday, Kishida said, "I feel it is significant that we invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Japan, showed unwavering solidarity between the G7 and Ukraine, confirmed the importance of a free and open international order based on the rule of law, and strongly demonstrated to the world that we have renewed our commitment to protecting it."

During the three-day meeting, G7 leaders announced new sanctions and export controls against Russia.

They promised millions in new military aid, including the training of Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets.

They vowed to aim for a world without nuclear weapons, and to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan strait.

And they deepened ties with emerging nations invited to the summit, including India, which has close ties with Russia.

In a post-summit speech, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for support that would make Russia the last nation to invade another country.

He said, "Though the enemy is not using nuclear weapons, our cities that have been burned to the ground by Russian bombs and artillery look similar to what Hiroshima looked like in photos after the atomic bombing."

There was a strong reaction from Russia's foreign ministry. It says the G7 leaders' statements were brimming with "anti-Russian and anti-Chinese" language.

Russia says bringing Zelenskyy to the summit turned the meeting into a "propaganda show."

China's foreign ministry says it has summoned the Japanese ambassador over references to Beijing-related comments at the summit. It says Japan colluded with other countries in smearing and attacking China and grossly interfered in its internal affairs.