Ukraine, Russia and the G7 Summit
Ukraine and Russia will be on the agenda at the upcoming G7 summit
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The upcoming G7 Summit in Biarritz, France will have a full agenda for the world leaders in attendance. One topic will be the situation in Donbas and Crimea in Ukraine.
The annual summit will take place on August 24 to 26. According to diplomatic circles, the agenda will include Brexit, trade and security issues will dominate the agenda for bilateral meetings between world leaders. This was reported by Ukrinform.
Security issues that threaten the West will also be discussed, according to sources. This will include Ukraine, Syria and Libya.
Russia will likely be discussed as well since US President Donald Trump stated that he wants Russia readmitted to the Group of Seven.
Russia was expelled from the group after the invasion and subsequent occupation of Crimea in 2014. All the other G7 countries put sanctions on Russia for this breach of international law as well.
Ukraine feels very strongly that Russia should not be readmitted to the G7 since little to no progress has been made regarding the situation in Ukraine.
“Since the issue of Ukraine is on the agenda of the G7 summit in the French city of Biarritz, we worked at all levels in key capitals of the world, informing partners about the lack of any progress in Russia’s position regarding the end of aggression against Ukraine,” Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Kateryna Zelenko said in comments to Ukrinform.
“And you already see the first reaction of partners: the return of Russia to the Group of Eight is possible only if the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is restored within the framework of internationally recognized borders. This was noted by the President of Ukraine. Our international partners support this position,” Zelenko emphasized.
At the same time, she states that there are no signals that Russia is ready for any action in this direction – only in the past few weeks Ukraine lost eight soldiers as a result of the enemy shelling; Crimea remains occupied; more than 100 Ukrainians are illegally detained as political prisoners by Russia; and passportization of Donbas continues.
Reuters reports that the European Union has also expressed the view that allowing Russia to return to the G7 without any concessions would be counterproductive and would essentially reward Russia for breaching international law and fomenting a war in Ukraine.