The G7 foreign ministers condemned Moscow’s “escalation” in the conflict in Ukraine and promised to take “new sanctions”, following the announcement of a partial mobilization in Russia, in a press release published in the night from Wednesday to Thursday.
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The ministers “deplored Russia’s deliberate escalation, including the partial mobilization of reservists and irresponsible nuclear rhetoric”, after a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
The ministers of Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, as well as the head of diplomacy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, also condemned “the fictitious referendums on the sovereign territory of Ukraine”, announced by the pro-Russian authorities in the occupied region of Donbass.
The vote “cannot be free or fair” while Russian forces are present, they added.
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The G7 should “take new targeted sanctions” and will “maintain sustained economic and political pressure on Russia,” according to the statement. “We are going to study and adopt new restrictive measures, both personal and sectoral,” said Mr. Borell.
The ministers also reaffirmed their commitment to “finalize preparations” for the implementation of a cap on the price of Russian oil.
They finally called on Russia to “return control” to Ukraine of the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant, hit in recent weeks by bombings, of which Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other.