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G7 foreign ministers – including Secretary of State Anthony Blinken – pledged on Saturday their “unwavering commitment” Ukraine Sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of a Russian reinforcement of military power on its borders.
“We reiterate our firm commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and territorial waters,” the statement from the foreign ministers of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom said. statment.
“We reaffirm the right of any sovereign country to determine its own future and security arrangements. We commend Ukraine’s restrained stance in the face of continued provocations and efforts to destabilize,” the statement said.
The statement comes as Western leaders seek to show a united front against what is feared as an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine.
She said the United States favored a diplomatic solution, and that the way was still open, but if Russia invaded, “we are ready to implement and do this work in a united way with our allies around the world.”
Meanwhile, Zelensky has suggested a meeting with Putin as a way to calm potential tensions at the border, where an estimated 150,000 soldiers have gathered. President Biden said Friday that he is “convinced” that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the decision to invade Ukraine in the coming days.
The G7 ministers condemned Russia’s “unjustified and unjustified buildup of military forces” as a challenge to global security and international order.
“We call on Russia to choose the path of diplomacy, de-escalate tensions, substantially withdraw military forces from areas close to Ukraine’s borders and fully comply with international obligations including risk reduction and transparency of military activities,” they said. Calling for a curtailment of military activities as a first step.
“We will judge Russia by its actions,” the ministers said.
The United States believes that Russia is participating in Operation False Flag, in which Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of bombing the east of the country, and that the invasion of Ukraine “will happen in the next few days.”
“They haven’t moved their troops,” Biden said. “They’ve moved more troops.” “All indication we have is that they are ready to go to Ukraine and attack Ukraine.”
The G7 ministers expressed concern that “incidents orchestrated” by the so-called “people’s republics” could be used as a pretext for escalation, and called on Russia to use its influence over the “republics” to stop the escalation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.