G7 urges China to pressure Russia to end war

“G7 members called on China to put pressure on Russia to end its military aggression and immediately and unconditionally withdraw its troops from Ukraine,” the ministers said in a statement.

The heads of diplomacy from the seven most industrialized countries in the world – the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom – met in New York on the sidelines of the high-level week of the United Nations General Council. Assembly.

In the same statement, the G7 welcomed China’s participation in the meeting held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to end the war in Ukraine and urged it to support “a just and lasting peace” for that country. European.

These countries also agreed on the need to establish “constructive relations” with China to directly address their common concerns and challenges with the Asian giant, such as the climate crisis, economic stability or debt financing.

But they also said Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea had “no legal basis” and opposed any attempts to “change the status quo by force” in Taiwan.

The G7 defended the one-China policy, which rejects Taiwan’s independence, but at the same time declared support for the island’s right to participate in international forums.

In the joint statement, the foreign ministers also condemned “Russian attacks against the civilian population” in Ukraine, as well as Moscow’s decision to withdraw from the Black Sea grain export deal, which worsened the global food crisis.

Foreign ministers assured that they remained “committed to maintaining and, where appropriate, extending strong sanctions and other restrictions against Russia.”

The officials “reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen coordination to prevent third parties from providing lethal support, including weapons, to Russia, and to respond to those who do so.”

For these countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “nuclear rhetoric” is unacceptable, also expressing support for the creation of an international tribunal to try Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

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