G7 leaders support Ukraine, call Russia to evacuate its forces from Crimea

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
14 June 2021, 10:54
Canan Kevser
14 June 2021, 10:54

Leaders of the G7 countries reiterated support for Ukraine's territorial integrity, called Russia to evacuate its military presence from occupied Crimea.

Leaders of Great Britain, Germany, Canada, Italy, US, France, Japan and the EU published the corresponding statement in joint communiqué following the G7 summit held in the UK between June 11-13.

The leaders affirmed support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.

"We call on Russia to alleviate tensions and act in accordance with its international obligations, and to withdraw the Russian military troops and materiel at the eastern border of Ukraine and on the Crimean peninsula," the message said.

Emphasising that Russia is a party to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, not a mediator, the leaders also called on Russia and the armed formations it backs to engage constructively and recommit to the ceasefire. 

Zelensky thanked G7 leaders 

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the G7 leaders for their unwavering support for Ukraine. 

"I’m grateful to the leaders of Great Britain, Germany, Canada, Italy, USA, France, Japan and the EU for the continued support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and the call to the aggressor to withdraw troops from our eastern borders and Crimea. Crimea is Ukraine," the Ukrainian president wrote in a message on Twitter.

The G7 leaders gathered in the UK for the summit held on June 11-13. During the three-day meeting, the G7 leaders discussed a wide range of pressing topics, including COVID-19, pandemic preparedness and economic recovery; geopolitical challenges and foreign affairs; trade and development; promoting open societies and democratic values; and fighting climate change and protecting the environment.