Monday, March 3, 2014

G7 leaders condemn Russia over Ukraine

The leaders of the world's top industrialized nations have condemned Russia for what they call its clear violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine.

The leaders of the Group of 7 and the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission issued a joint statement on Sunday.

In the statement, the leaders urge Russia to address any security or human rights concerns it has through direct talks with Ukraine or mediation under the UN or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

They also call on all parties concerned to behave with the greatest extent of self-restraint and responsibility, and to decrease the tensions.
The leaders say Russia's actions in Ukraine contravene the principles and values on which the G7 and G8 operate. They say they have decided to suspend their participation in activities associated with the preparation of the scheduled G8 summit in Sochi in June.

The leaders also express their support for Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and its right to choose its own future. They say they commit themselves to supporting the country's efforts to restore economic health.