London, Dec 12 (MNN) The G7 Foreign Ministers and the EU High Representative on Sunday condemned what they said was “Russia’s military build-up and aggressive rhetoric towards Ukraine” and called on Kremlin to de-escalate.
The joint statement was given by Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, US and High Representative of the European Union.
“We call on Russia to de-escalate, pursue diplomatic channels, and abide by its international commitments on transparency of military activities as US President Joe Biden did in his call with President Vladimir Putin on December 7.
“We reconfirm our support for the efforts of France and Germany in the Normandy Format to achieve full implementation of the Minsk Agreements in order to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine.”
They warned that any use of force to change borders is strictly prohibited under international law.
“Russia should be in no doubt that further military aggression against Ukraine will have massive consequences and severe cost in response.”
They said that they reaffirmed unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the right of any sovereign state to determine its own future.
“We commend Ukraine’s posture of restraint.”
The Foreign Ministers, who were hosted in Liverpool by UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss on Saturday for a meeting, said they will intensify the cooperation on their common and comprehensive response.