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G7 nations united in condemnation

Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, joined today to condemn the Russian Federation’s violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter and its 1997 basing agreement with Ukraine. 

“We call on Russia to address any ongoing security or human rights concerns that it has with Ukraine through direct negotiations, and/or via international observation or mediation under the auspices of the UN or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. We stand ready to assist with these efforts.”

Stressing the need for all parties to practice self-restraint and responsibility to decrease the high levels of tension, the G-7 announcement emphasized support of Ukraine’s sovereignity.

“We are united in supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its right to choose its own future. We commit ourselves to support Ukraine in its efforts to restore unity, stability and political and economic health to the country. To that end, we will support Ukraine’s work with the International Monetary Fund to negotiate a new program and to implement needed reforms.”

Meanwhile, according to a senior Obama administration official, Russia has now gained full control of Crimea.

“Russian forces now have complete operational control of the Crimean peninsula, some 6,000-plus airborne and naval forces, with considerable materiel. There is no question that they are in an occupation position in Crimea, that they are flying in reinforcements, and they are settling in.” 

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