German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock at the UN General Assembly session in New York, September 22, 2022 The G7 Foreign Ministers condemned the holding of referendums in the occupied Ukrainian territories
The joint statement of the G7 Foreign Ministers calls on all states of the world not to recognize the results of fictitious referendums in Ukraine, even if Russia can achieve them
The foreign ministers of the G7 (G7) countries strongly condemn the announcement by the Russian authorities of their intention to hold fictitious “referendums” on sovereign Ukrainian territories that temporarily fell under the control of the Russian Federation as a result of the invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine. This is stated in the joint communique of the G7 powers, published after the meeting of their ministers on Thursday in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
The communiqué, issued on behalf of Annalena Burbock, German Foreign Minister, who currently chairs the G7 temporarily, said that the representatives of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as the High Representative of the European Union who attended the meeting, emphasized that “all member countries of the UN have an obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of any state.”
That is why, the joint communiqué notes, “any referendum held under the conditions of the Russian military presence, intimidation and forced deportations cannot be free or fair. Any annexation of Ukrainian territory will be a gross violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine and the UN Charter.”
The document calls on countries around the world not to recognize the results of these “referendums” if they are nevertheless held.
“The G-7 will also steadily strive to implement targeted sanctions and apply sustained economic and political pressure against Russia… Russia is obliged to immediately stop its aggression, withdraw its troops and military equipment from Ukraine and respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The G7 also calls on Russia to immediately stop its operations to filter Ukrainian civilians and forcibly deport them to Russia,” the statement said.
The communiqué also states that the G7 countries are extremely concerned and intend to make every effort to reduce the negative consequences of the Russian war against Ukraine for the rest of the world, primarily for the most defenseless countries. Among these consequences are food and energy security, as well as inflation and the growth of public debt in many countries of the world.