G-7 urges Russia to end ‘provocations’ against Ukraine

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Monday, the Group of 7 Foreign Ministers issued a statement call on Russia to “stop provocations” on the border between Ukraine and Russia.
The Foreign Ministers – of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the High Representative of the European Union – have said that they were “deeply concerned about the continued build-up of Russian military forces. on the borders of Ukraine and in illegally annexed Crimea. “

Ministers said Russia’s actions represented “destabilizing activities”

“We call on Russia to end its provocations and immediately defuse tensions in accordance with its international obligations,” the statement said. “In particular, we call on Russia to respect the principles and commitments of the OSCE to which it has subscribed in terms of transparency of military movements and to respond to the procedure established in Chapter III of the Vienna Document.”

“We underline our deep appreciation and continued support for the efforts of France and Germany through the Normandy process to ensure the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, which is the only path to a lasting political solution to the conflict. », Continued the ministers. “We call on all parties to engage constructively in the Trilateral Contact Group on OSCE Proposals to Confirm and Consolidate the Ceasefire.”

Last week, the US mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reported that Russia had not participated in talks aimed at reducing border violence as Ukraine did. request.

Reports indicate that there are more soldiers in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine than there were when Crimea was annexed in 2014.

Secretary of State Antony BlinkAntony BlinkenBlinken back in Brussels to discuss Russia, Ukrainian tensions Blinken warns that it would be a “serious mistake” for Taiwan’s status to be changed “by force” Blinken: China “did not do what she had to do ”at the start of the pandemic MORE met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Monday, where they discussed growing aggression from Russia.

“Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg discussed a range of issues, including the immediate need for Russia to cease its aggressive military build-up along Ukraine’s borders and in occupied Crimea,” the Minister said. State Department in a statement.

Blinken to join another Cabinet member, Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinPentagon Insists Vaccine Deployment Is Successful Despite Spotty Data Blinken To Return To Brussels To Discuss Russia, Tensions In Ukraine Defense Secretary Boasts ‘Flawless’ Commitment To Israel On Trip in Tel Aviv LEARN MORE at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, for talks on Russia as well as Iran and Afghanistan.

It was announced last week that the United States would send two warships to the Black Sea in response to Russia’s military build-up. The ships will remain in the Black Sea until May 4, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

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