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G7 calls on Russia to de-escalate border with Ukraine

The G7 foreign ministers called on Russia to take de-escalation measures on the border with Ukraine and in Crimea. This is stated in the draft communique following the two-day talks in London

The Foreign Ministers also confirmed their support for the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine. In addition, they called on Moscow to comply with the OSCE principles and commitments to ensure transparency of its actions.

The Group of Seven expressed regret at the lack of a “clear response” from Russia regarding the movements of its armed forces. The G7 countries also expressed their concern about Moscow's actions in the Black Sea and restrictions on access to several of its areas.

At the same time, the communique states that the G7 countries intend to implement sanctions, and recalls that the duration of these restrictions depends on Russia's implementation of the Minsk Agreements and the situation with Crimea.

The G7 foreign ministers also called for stable and predictable relations with Russia. The communique says that the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven countries confirm their interest in stable and predictable relations with Moscow, but they intend to strengthen their collective capabilities to counter and deter Russia's behavior.

Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 after a referendum in which the vast majority of the region's residents voted supported this decision. Ukraine, EU countries, and the United States refused to recognize the results of the vote, calling the reunification of the peninsula with mainland Russia an annexation. The Russian authorities reject these accusations and insist that the accession procedure was in accordance with international law.

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