G7 statement: Crimea is Ukraine; Russia is conflict side

Source : 112 Ukraine

Foreign ministers oppose the ongoing destabilization of Ukraine by Russia, especially in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions
13:54, 18 March 2021


Foreign Ministers of G7 countries condemned the ongoing actions of Russia on the disruption of the sovereignty of Ukraine, territorial integrity and independence as the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office reported.

“We unequivocally denounce Russia’s temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. Russia’s attempts to legitimise it are not, and will not, be recognised. We condemn Russia’s violations of human rights on the peninsula, particularly of Crimean Tatars. We call on Russia to respect its international obligations, allow access to international monitors, and to immediately release all those who are unjustly detained. We welcome in principle Ukraine’s initiative to establish an International Crimean Platform to consolidate the international community’s efforts on Crimea,” the message says.

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Moreover, the foreign ministers firmly oppose Russia’s continued destabilization of Ukraine, especially Russia’s actions in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The ministers urged all sides to fulfill Minsk Agreements completely and underlined the importance of constructive engagement of Russia in the Normandy Format and the Trilateral Contact Group to reach fair and firm political settlement of the conflict.

G7 are still fully committed to the implementation of sanctions and will continue to stand with Ukraine in support of its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. Crimea is Ukraine.

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In his turn, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked G7 Foreign Ministers for support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the creation of the Crimean platform for de-occupation of the peninsula.

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba also welcomed the support of Ukraine and condemnation of the aggression of Russia.

“Russia is the side of the conflict, not a mediator; it should unblock the peace process. It will never succeed in justification of Crimea’s occupation.  Solid support of Crimean Platform,” he said.

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Earlier, it was reported that the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine plans to hold the Crimean summit with the participation of the Russian side. The holding of the summit is planned for 2021. It is expected that the summit would be held on August 23.

Besides, President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine would create the Crimean Platform to protect the rights of Crimean citizens and de-occupy the peninsula. 

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