The G7 will not recognize “the Russian attempts aimed at legitimizing the occupation” of the Crimean peninsula, said a statement on Thursday that shows the prevailing tension with Moscow.
“We clearly denounce the temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, on the part of Russia “, assure the seven richest countries in the world, coinciding with the seventh anniversary of the taking of this territory.
” We do not recognize and we will not recognize the Russian attempts to legitimize this occupation “, the text adds.
This statement adds to the affirmations of the American president, Joe Biden, who said at the end of February that he would not accept” never “the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, in Ukraine.
The president is not hesitating to show a stronger opposition to Russia than his predecessor and this week, answering a question about whether he considered his counterpart Vladimir Putin a “murderer” said he did think so, shovel bras that provoked the wrath of Moscow.
Clashes between fighters supported by Russia and Ukrainian troops have left more than 13. 000 dead since 2014 , when Russia annexed Crimea and pro-Moscow forces in eastern Ukraine rebelled against Kiev.
“Seven years after this illegitimate and illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on the part of Russia, we reaffirm our unwavering support and our commitment to the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine with its internationally recognized borders, “insisted the Foreign Ministers of the G7 countries (Germany, Canada, United States, France , Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom) and a representative of European diplomacy.
“By using force against the territorial integrity of Ukraine, Russia openly violated international law,” they added.
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