Ukraine, G7 confirms support for Kiev: “Russia away from Zaporizhzhia”

Stoltenberg: “After the end of the war, stop the cycle of attacks on Russia”. Khamala Harris: “Moscow weakened and NATO stronger than ever”

One year into Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the G7 members, represented by their foreign ministers meeting in Munich, reaffirmed in a statement their commitment “to continued solidarity with the ‘Ukraine for as long as necessary’ and condemned Russian aggression by calling on Moscow to withdraw forces from the invaded country. Ministers welcomed the participation of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in the meeting and “Ukraine’s commitment to a just and lasting peace” demonstrated by President Zelensky with remarks at the G20 summit in November 2022.

The ministers “condemned in the strongest terms the Russian government’s brutal and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine. They urged Russia to immediately and unconditionally withdraw all forces and equipment from Ukraine and respect its independence , sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders”. Members of the United Nations must refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, they affirmed, undertaking, above all, to defend a fundamental principle against aggression against Russia, for the benefit not only of Ukraine, but of the entire international community.

The “irresponsible nuclear rhetoric of Moscow is unacceptable”, underlined the foreign ministers of the G7, meeting under the presidency of the head of Japanese diplomacy Hayashi Yoshimasa. Recalling that “no atomic weapon has been used for 77 years”, the ministers underlined that any recourse to chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons or materials related to them will have very harsh consequences”. The ministers therefore “condemned – one point, this, we learn, on which the head of Italian diplomacy Antonio Tajani particularly insisted – the protracted occupation and militarization of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, demanding the immediate withdrawal of Russian forces and personnel”. The ministers finally underlined their full support for the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to manage nuclear safety.

No impunity for war crimes. This was underlined by the foreign ministers of the G7 countries, meeting in Munich, criticizing “Russia’s continuous attacks against Ukrainian civilians and infrastructure”. “There must be no impunity for war crimes and other atrocities, including attacks on civilian populations and infrastructure, as well as filtration operations and forced deportations of Ukrainian civilians to Russia,” reads the final statement of the celebrated meeting. under the presidency of Japan’s Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa. The ministers reaffirmed their commitment to hold all those responsible to account for their actions, “including President Putin and the Russian leadership, in line with international law”.

The G7 members also reiterated “their determination to continue supporting Ukraine in exercising its right to defend itself against an invasion by Russia, including by providing military and defense assistance”. And they “highlight the concerted efforts of G7+ partners in providing energy assistance designed to mitigate the effects of Russia’s brutal attacks on civilians and critical infrastructure” in the country.

Stoltenberg: “After the end of the war, stop the cycle of attacks on Russia”

Once the war in Ukraine ends, NATO must ensure that “there is no repetition” of an invasion like the one launched by Moscow on February 24, 2022, but also in 2014 against Crimea and Donbass, and in 2008 against Georgia; NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated this at the Munich Security Conference. “We can’t let Russia keep getting away with it. We have to break Russia’s cycle of aggression against European countries,” he added.

Kamala Harris: “Russia is weakened and NATO is stronger than ever”

“Russia is weakened and NATO is stronger than ever and the spirit of the Ukrainians resists,” said US Vice President Kamala Harris in her speech at the Munich Security Conference, one year after the start of the invasion of Moscow of Ukraine. “The United States will continue to support Ukraine and will do so for as long as it takes,” she added.