Tuesday 13 April 2021
Washington – (dpa):
The Group of Seven major industrialized countries announced, on Monday, that they are deeply concerned about the Russian troop build-up on the borders with Ukraine and the Crimean region that Moscow annexed.
Recent reports on Russian military activity in and around Ukraine, as well as ceasefire violations, have raised international concerns that the seven-year-old conflict between the two countries may escalate again.
The foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and Britain said in a joint statement that “these large-scale movements of forces, without prior notice, represent threatening and destabilizing activities.”
“We call on Russia to stop its provocations and to immediately defuse tensions, in line with its international obligations,” the statement added.
In the statement, the ministers reaffirmed their “firm support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”
Russia was expelled from what was then the “Group of Eight” after its annexation of Crimea after a controversial referendum in 2014.
The international community still considers Crimea to be part of Ukrainian territory.
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