June 14, 2024

G7 Leaders Affirm Commitment to Ukraine, Condemn Russia’s Aggression

G7 Leaders meet in Hiroshima Japan in May 2023
G7 Leaders meet in Hiroshima Japan in May 2023

In a joint statement released from their meeting in Hiroshima today, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations expressed their unwavering commitment to Ukraine and condemned Russia’s illegal and unprovoked war of aggression against the country. The statement, which emphasized the need to stand together against Russia’s actions, highlighted the immense human suffering and loss of life caused by Russia’s aggression over the past 15 months.

“We condemn, in the strongest terms, Russia’s manifest violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the impact of Russia’s war on the rest of the world,” the statement read. “Our support for Ukraine will not waver. We will not tire in our commitment to mitigate the impact of Russia’s illegal actions on the rest of the world.”

The G7 leaders pledged to provide Ukraine with the necessary financial, humanitarian, military, and diplomatic support for as long as it takes. They also announced the imposition of further sanctions and measures to increase the costs to Russia and those supporting its war effort. The leaders emphasized their determination to support Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction efforts and to ensure the country has the economic support it needs.

The statement urged Russia to immediately and unconditionally withdraw its troops and military equipment from the entirety of Ukraine’s internationally recognized territory. The leaders emphasized that a just peace cannot be achieved without Russia’s complete withdrawal and called for the inclusion of this condition in any peace negotiations.

The G7 leaders also expressed grave concern over Russia’s seizure and militarization of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant. They pledged support to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in ensuring the safety and security of nuclear facilities in Ukraine and called for measures to promote the safety and security of nuclear facilities under any circumstances.

In the area of accountability, the leaders emphasized the need to hold those responsible for war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine to account. They expressed support for international mechanisms, such as the International Criminal Court, in investigating and prosecuting those responsible for crimes committed on Ukrainian territory.

The statement concluded with a commitment to continue imposing coordinated sanctions and economic actions to undermine Russia’s capacity to wage its illegal aggression. The leaders pledged to further restrict Russia’s access to their economies and prevent the evasion and circumvention of measures against Russia. They also expressed their determination to reduce Russia’s revenue from energy exports and to ensure that Russia pays for the long-term reconstruction of Ukraine.

The G7 leaders reiterated their commitment to bringing about a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in Ukraine. They pledged to mobilize all policy instruments and work together with Ukraine to achieve this goal as soon as possible.

The statement from the G7 leaders underscores their solidarity with Ukraine and their determination to hold Russia accountable for its actions. It sends a strong message to Russia that the international community will not tolerate its aggression and will continue to support Ukraine in its pursuit of peace, stability, and sovereignty, the leaders said.

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