G7 Urges Russia To Cease ‘Provocations’ On Ukraine

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The G7 foreign ministers, Monday, urged Russia to “cease its provocations” on the Ukraine-Russia border.

The foreign ministers — from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States and the High Representative of the European Union — stated that they are “deeply concerned by the large ongoing build-up of Russian military forces on Ukraine’s borders and in illegally-annexed Crimea.”

The ministers said Russia’s actions represent “destabilizing activities”

 “We call on Russia to cease its provocations and to immediately de-escalate tensions in line with its international obligations,” the statement read.

“In particular, we call on Russia to uphold the OSCE principles and commitments that it has signed up to on transparency of military movements and to respond to the procedure established under Chapter III of the Vienna Document.”

“We underline our strong appreciation and continued support for France’s and Germany’s efforts through the Normandy Process to secure the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, which is the only way forward for a lasting political solution to the conflict,” the ministers continued.

“We call on all sides to engage constructively in the Trilateral Contact Group on the OSCE’s proposals to confirm and consolidate the ceasefire.”

Last week the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) reported that Russia did not attend talks to bring down the violence at the border as Ukraine has called for.

Reports have indicated that there are more troops in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine than there were during the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday during which they discussed Russia’s growing aggression.