Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America

, Kyiv 08:57

Statement of the MFA of Ukraine on the G7 Ministerial Joint Communique

12 April, 17:57

Ukraine welcomes the G7 Foreign Minister’s Joint Communiqué and their full support of Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and their resolve in urging the Russian Federation to stop its aggression against Ukraine.

There can be no security and stability in Europe unless Russia stops its belligerent foreign policy aimed at redrawing borders and reinstating Cold War spheres of influence. Only full adherence to international law and implementation of agreements reached can lead to peaceful settlement of conflicts.

The Russian Federation bears full responsibility for the deterioration of security and the dire human rights situation in occupied Donbas and Crimea.

We welcome the G7 reiteration of its condemnation of the illegal attempted annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by Russia. This illegal annexation has led to repressions, widespread human rights violations, as well as discrimination of the Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians. Russia must uphold all of its obligations under international law as an occupying power. In particular it must ensure full respect of human rights in the occupied Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine believes that militarization of the Crimean peninsula and its use for Russian military operations in Syria constitutes a grave threat to European security. It also goes against international efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.

We also welcome the G7’s renewed commitment to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and recognition that Russia must live up to its commitments: to cease fire, to withdraw its troops from the territory of Ukraine and to return to Ukraine the control of its international border. We note and appreciate the G7’s advocacy for the continuation of sanctions until Russia gets off Ukrainian land.

We are pleased that the G7 has recognized the progress that we are making on our reform agenda. We know that we have more to do in this area and with the continued support of our partners we will do it.