Ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) holding a conference on February 28 to discuss the situation around Ukraine and Russia’s military operation there, assured Ukraine Foreign Minister of their support and also threatened fresh sanctions against Russia.
"Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union. They were joined by the Foreign Minister of Ukraine to discuss the global response to Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine. The Secretary and G7 foreign ministers underscored to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba their unified response to Russia’s invasion. Together we are supporting the Ukrainian people and imposing severe costs and consequences to hold Russia accountable for its war of choice. We stand with Ukraine and recognize the bravery and heroism of the Ukrainian people," US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.
Today, @SecBlinken and G7 foreign ministers spoke with Ukrainian FM @DmytroKuleba to express a unified response to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. We stand with the people of Ukraine and will hold Russia accountable. https://t.co/jpw8towiMD
— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) February 28, 2022
US Secretary of State Antony said in a meeting attended by him, G7 Foreign Ministers and Ukraraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, it has been that decided G7 would give a unified response to Russia’s invasion.
“To express our united support for Ukraine. We will hold Russia accountable for its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified invasion and will continue to provide security, economic, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine,” said Blinken.
Today, G7 FMs and I spoke with Ukrainian FM @DmytroKuleba to express our united support for Ukraine. We will hold Russia accountable for its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified invasion and will continue to provide security, economic, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/NWP7aY1F4L
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) February 28, 2022
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States after their virtual meeting cautioned in a joint statement that they would add to the sanctions already declared if Russia didn't stop its operation in Ukraine.
The leaders in their virtual meeting declared that for an equitable world to exist, they are united in their commitment to addressing both the biggest systemic challenges and immediate crises.
On Saturday (February 26), the United States, Britain, Europe and Canada moved to block certain Russian banks' access to the SWIFT international payment system as part of more sanctions against Moscow as it continues its assault on Ukraine.