Putin’s war: G7 foreign ministers reiterate commitment to support Ukraine
May 16, 2022

Putin’s war: G7 foreign ministers reiterate commitment to support Ukraine

The G7 is committed to help Ukraine, “a democracy and a UN member, uphold its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to defend itself and resist future attacks or coercion, choose its own future and prosper.” 

This was said in a joint statement by the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, published on 14 May after the G7 meeting in Weissenhaus, Germany. Ukrainian and Moldovan Foreign ministers were also present at the meeting.

The ministers stated that Russian aggression against Ukraine reaffirmed their “determination to reject outright attempts to redraw borders by force in violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

The G7 confirmed that it would continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and its neighbours to meet urgent protection and other lifesaving needs. Partners will also continue to support Ukraine financially and economically, and will pursue their ongoing military and defence assistance to Kyiv for as long as necessary.

G7 ministers reiterated their demand that Russia put an end to the war, saying that they will “never recognise borders Russia has attempted to change by military aggression”. They also condemned “as irresponsible threats of use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons or related materials by Russia” and reiterated that “any use of such weapons would be met with severe consequences”.

The ministers also committed to provide investigative support, technical expertise, funding and other assistance to work towards ensuring the accountability of those who are responsible for the atrocities and crimes committed in Ukraine.

The G7 particularly commended Moldova’s remarkable efforts in hosting so many refugees, both in relative and absolute terms. The ministers said the G7 would support Moldova to meet its short-term needs and its longer-term development and reform programme through the Moldova Support Platform launched in Berlin on 5 April and other formats. They also expressed their concern regarding the recent attempts to destabilise the Transnistrian region and emphasised their support to Moldova’s stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Reacting to the risk of global food crisis caused by the war, G7 ministers said they would address its causes and consequences, including through a Global Alliance for Food Security, that is to be launched officially at the G7 Development Ministers meeting.

In addition, the G7 reaffirmed that it would continue to tackle Kremlin’s propaganda and would  further increase economic and political pressure on Russia by imposing new restrictive measures on Russia‘s economy and financial system, elites, central government institutions and military. “We will broaden our sanctions measures to include sectors on which Russia has a particular dependence,” says the statement.

The participants also said they would expedite their countries’ efforts to reduce and end reliance on Russian energy supplies as quickly as possible by accelerating the energy transition.

The ministers also deplored the domestic repression in Russia and Belarus against independent media, civil society, the opposition and citizens who peacefully express their disapproval of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

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