Foreign Ministers of the G7 released a joint communique on the ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine. The paper strictly condemns the continuing acts of violence in the war-torn Donbas and the Russian-annexed Crimea.
‘There can be no security and stability in Europe unless Russia stops its belligerent foreign policy aimed at redrawing borders and reinstating Cold War spheres of influence. Only full adherence to international law and implementation of agreements reached can lead to peaceful settlement of conflicts. The Russian Federation bears full responsibility for the deterioration of security and the dire human rights situation in occupied Donbas and Crimea. We welcome the G7 reiteration of its condemnation of the illegal attempted annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by Russia. This illegal annexation has led to repressions, widespread human rights violations, as well as discrimination of the Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians. Russia must uphold all of its obligations under international law as an occupying power. In particular it must ensure full respect of human rights in the occupied Crimea and the city of Sevastopol,’ reads the commentary of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry.
The Ukrainian authority also welcomed the G7’s commitment to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, as well as the recognition ‘that Russia must live up to its commitments: to cease fire, to withdraw its troops from the territory of Ukraine and to return to Ukraine the control of its international border.’