G7 ‘will never recognise’ borders redrawn by Russia

G7 ‘will never recognise’ borders redrawn by Russia

G7 ‘will never recognise’ borders redrawn by Russia

G7 ‘will never recognise’ borders redrawn by Russia

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The Group of Seven industrialized nations declared on Saturday that they would never recognise the borders that Russia is attempting to impose by force in its war against Ukraine and that they would continue to back Kyiv.

On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine, but Kyiv’s military was able to expel Moscow’s troops out of the city. The war has now entered its third month.

“We will never recognize borders Russia has attempted to change by military aggression and will uphold our engagement in the support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea, and all states,” the G7 foreign ministers said in a statement after three days of talks in northern Germany.

The ministers were joined in the resort of Wangels by their counterparts from Ukraine and Moldova, as well as EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

In their joint statement, they vowed to expand sanctions to include sectors on which Russia is dependent and keep supplying Ukraine with weapons to help it repel Russia’s invasion.

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“We reaffirm our determination to further increase economic and political pressure on Russia, continuing to act in unity,” they said.

When asked if allies want to see Russia pushed out of Crimea — annexed in 2014 — as well, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said it should be up to Ukraine to “decide by themselves about their country”.

“It’s their territory and we support every measure and every step they are taking to ensure that people in Ukraine… can live as everybody else in Europe again — in peace but also in security and freedom in their own country,” said Baerbock, whose country currently holds the presidency of the G7.

– ‘Coordinated response’ –
Western countries have supplied Ukraine with artillery, anti-aircraft missiles, and anti-tank weapons, among others.

Borrell also committed an additional half-billion euros in EU military aid to help Kyiv repel the Russian assault on Friday, although Kyiv has been pressuring partners for greater help.

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Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, stated on Friday that he has requested that the G7 seize Russian assets and give them over to Ukraine.

Baerbock highlighted that Canada has already taken the lead in enacting such legislation, but she added that Europe is constrained by several legal imperatives that must be navigated.

“If we were to take this path… it would have to be done in such a way that it stands up to our law,” said Baerbock.

As the war drags on, the G7 foreign ministers also highlighted the growing impact of the war on poorer countries, especially in the area of food security.

“We are determined to accelerate a coordinated multilateral response to preserve global food security and stand by our most vulnerable partners in this respect,” they said.

The ministers also urged China against weakening punitive action against Moscow for its invasion, in another acknowledgment to the conflict’s expanding global significance.

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They also chastised Belarus for its war posture.

“We… call on Belarus to stop enabling Russia’s aggression and to abide by its international obligations,” they said.

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