The G7 “will never recognize” the borders that Russia wants to impose by force in its war in Ukraineaffirmed this Saturday the foreign ministers of the G7, which brings together the seven most industrialized nations in the world.
“We will never recognize the borders that Russia tries to change with its military intervention”, the ministers said in a statement released after a meeting in Wangels, northern Germany.
“We will maintain our commitment to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.”, they specified.
The head of German diplomacy, annalena baerbockwhose country assumes the presidency of the G7 this year, insisted that Ukraine should decide for herself” on the matter “because it is their territory”.
“We will support the measures (…) that Ukraine will take to ensure freedom and peace in the country”, he said during a press conference at the end of the meeting.
These statements come while fighting intensifies in the Donbas region (east)controlled in part since 2014 by pro-Russian separatists and on which Moscow has focused its offensive for a few weeks, but without making significant progress.
The ministers again asked Russia to put “end to the war that started without provocation [por parte de Ucrania] and the tragic suffering and loss of human life that it continues to cause”.
They also called on Belarus to “stop facilitating Russia’s intervention and respect its international commitments.”.
The seven countries (Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom) also condemned “irresponsible threats of the use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons” by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The G7 promisedexpand sanctions” economic towards Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine to “sectors on which Russia is particularly dependent” and asked China to “don’t undermine” these punitive measures.
“We ask China not to help Russia in its war of aggression against Ukraine, not to undermine the sanctions imposed on Russia for its attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, not to justify Russia’s action in Ukraine, and not to renounce information manipulation, disinformation and other measures to legitimize Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine,” the final statement stipulates.
(With information from AFP)