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G7 warn they will ‘never recognize’ borders Putin wants to impose by force

Latest NewsG7 warn they will 'never recognize' borders Putin wants to impose by force

German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock (third from left) walks with foreign representatives of the G7 countries during a meeting in Wangels in northern Germany.KAY NITTFELD (AFP)

Isolate Russia economically and politically and continue to supply Ukraine with weapons so that it can defend itself against Moscow’s aggression “as long as it takes.” The group of the world’s most industrialized countries, the G7, remains firm in its goals. Their foreign ministers, meeting this weekend in a castle on the Baltic coast in northern Germany, pledged to support Ukraine “until victory” and made it clear they would not tolerate a Russian invasion of Ukraine to change the maps of Europe: “We will never recognize the borders, which Russia is trying to change with its military aggression,” they assured in a joint statement following the meeting.

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The G7 countries emphasized that they remain committed to “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea, and of all states”, and called the Kremlin’s threats about the possible use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons “irresponsible”. “We reiterate that any use of such weapons will have serious consequences,” the statement said. The partners once again pledged to end dependence on Russian hydrocarbons as soon as possible and to ban oil imports in order to cut off funding for the Russian military machine. These days, the European Union is discussing an oil veto as a key measure of the upcoming sixth round of sanctions against Moscow.

Representatives of the G7, convened by German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock, discussed possible alternatives to grain exports from Ukraine, which would reduce the food shortage in the world caused by the war. Russia retains the ports from which ships with grain grown in Ukraine depart. Burbock explained at a press conference that there were problems with rail traffic through Romania due to the different gauges of the railways, and said that work was underway to export through the Baltic ports. “Each ton thrown away can do a little to alleviate this food crisis,” he said.

The war is keeping 25 million tons of grain in Ukrainian ports, food that “the world desperately needs,” the minister said. A side effect of Ukraine’s agricultural export restrictions has been a sharp rise in prices in the markets for food and raw materials, as well as an increasingly tangible threat to global food security. The G7 is calling on Moscow to “immediately stop attacks on key transport infrastructure”, including ports, so that Ukrainian agricultural products can be exported again.

EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who was invited to a meeting at Weissenhaus Castle, said on Friday that the bloc would provide Ukraine with another 500 million euros in military support. Thanks to this new contribution, the total amount provided to Kyiv is about 2 billion euros. With the new funds, which have yet to be approved by the 27, the EU will buy heavy weapons such as tanks and artillery, Borrell told reporters. The High Representative added that he hoped that an agreement to approve the embargo on Russian oil would come in a matter of days. Hungary is blocking the sixth package of sanctions due to heavy dependence on Russian oil.

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“This is not our war, this is not the war of the international community; this is the war of the Russian president, but we bear a global responsibility,” Annalena Burbock said at the end of the meeting. He added that the time has come for the G7 countries to ask themselves if they are ready to accept the violation of international rules and decide “how to protect the world of freedom, peaceful coexistence and human prosperity, which until now seemed so natural in the global North” . Burbock recalled that not only Ukrainians are fighting for their survival and freedom, but also that the “European peace order” is at stake. “It is we, as the G-7, who must play our part,” he added.

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