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The G7 will never “recognize” the borders that Russia wants to impose by force with its war in Ukraine, the foreign ministers of the group of seven major powers affirmed on Saturday.  ;
“We will never recognize the borders that Russia has tried to change through military intervention,” the foreign ministers say in a statement released after a three-day meeting in Wangels, in the north of Germany
“We will maintain our commitment to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea (…)”, they specify.< /p>
The head of German diplomacy Annalena Baerbock, whose country holds the presidency of the G7 this year, insisted on the fact that it was up to Ukraine “to decide for itself”, “because it is its territory”.
“We will support the measures (…) that Ukraine will take in order to guarantee freedom and peace in the country”, she said during a press conference closing the meeting.
These statements come as particularly violent fighting rages in the Donbass region (east), partly controlled since 2014 by pro-Russian separatists, and on which Moscow has been focusing for weeks without making significant progress.
< p>The ministers reiterated their call on Russia to “end the war it started without provocation (from Ukraine) and the tragic suffering and loss of life it continues to cause. cause”.
They again called on Belarus “to stop facilitating Russia's intervention and respecting its international commitments”.
The seven countries (Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan , and the United Kingdom) also condemned “the irresponsible threats of the use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons” made by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
They promised on Saturday “to expand the economic sanctions” targeting Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine in “sectors on which Russia is particularly dependent” while urging China “not to undermine” these measures.
“We call on China to not to help Russia in its war of aggression against Ukraine, not to undermine the sanctions imposed on Russia for its attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, not to justify the action of Russia in Ukraine and to desist from engaging in information manipulation, disinformation on and other means to legitimize Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine,” the final statement urges.