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G-7 leaders write a letter to Russia

Wednesday, March 12, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff
NEWS RELEASE

PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE

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We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, call on the Russian Federation  to cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea contrary to Ukrainian law and in violation of international law.

We call on the Russian Federation to immediately halt actions supporting a referendum on the territory of Crimea regarding its status, in direct violation of the Constitution of Ukraine.

Any such referendum would have no legal effect. 

Given the lack of adequate preparation and the intimidating presence of Russian troops, it would also be a deeply flawed process which would have no moral force. 

For all these reasons, we would not recognize the outcome.

Russian annexation of Crimea would be a clear violation of the United Nations Charter; Russia’s commitments under the Helsinki Final Act; its obligations to Ukraine under its 1997 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership; the Russia-Ukraine 1997 basing agreement; and its commitments in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994. 

In addition to its impact on the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea could have grave implications for the legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all states.

Should the Russian Federation take such a step, we will take further action, individually and collectively.

We call on the Russian Federation to de-escalate the conflict in Crimea and other parts of Ukraine immediately, withdraw its forces back to their pre-crisis numbers and garrisons, begin direct discussions with the Government of Ukraine, and avail itself of international mediation and observation offers to address any legitimate concerns it may have. 

We, the leaders of the G-7, urge Russia to join us in working together through diplomatic processes to resolve the current crisis and support progress for a sovereign, independent, inclusive, and united Ukraine. 

We also remind the Russian Federation of our decision to suspend participation in any activities related to preparation of a G-8 Sochi meeting until it changes course and the environment comes back to where the G-8 is able to have a meaningful discussion.

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SLV1931 3/12/2014 4:30:08 PM Report

How hypocritical. Let us remember the wars that were initiated by the west: Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan. In August they tried to antagonize Assad and start a war in Syria but that didn’t work due to public backlash. The purpose of these wars is to secure the natural resources and establish a western control central banking system to protect the American dollar. Now they are antagonizing Russia (through mainstream propaganda) and trying to start a war in Ukraine. Iran, China and Russia are pushing back and will collapse the western banking system without firing a single missile.
leamington 3/12/2014 6:43:33 PM Report

ayeeee....finally...lets make him prime minister
leamington 3/12/2014 7:13:01 PM Report

c'mon lord help us
Chakra74 3/12/2014 7:57:37 PM Report

Well said SLV1931. It disgusts me that Canada is supporting this kind of propaganda.

The USA spends billions trying to overthrow Ukraine and then extremist groups take it over illegally, yet they're saying it's Russia that's in the wrong because they are holding to a treaty they signed with Ukraine and asking them to vote?

Are the G8 countries actually saying that the new Ukraine government is legitimate? Can a group of extremists just take over any democracy they want without elections? If we all marched onto Washington can we just throw Obama out of office and set up our own government too?

This is the death throws of a once great group of nations. You know the situation is bad when they're trying to provoke war right in Russia's back yard.

leamington 3/12/2014 8:08:07 PM Report

oh yes bullies are in the pile....real Canadians know the difference
leamington 3/12/2014 8:23:40 PM Report

and please put a fence around QUEBEC
leamington 3/12/2014 8:30:39 PM Report

physicaly pick up OTTOWA and move it to central CANADA
bugalugs 3/13/2014 7:38:10 AM Report

Where did the Olympic love go...what a joke for Russia to have been given the Olympics in the first place! Try finding out facts people, talk to people from Georgia to see what Russia has done in that country, now they are moving in Crimea, they need to be stopped. They are killing innocent people! Hypocritical maybe but two wrongs don't make it right!
SLV1931 3/13/2014 8:29:29 AM Report

Russia is only protecting their military assets in Crimea. They are not the agressor even though the mainstream media and Mr. Nobel Peace Prize Obama keeps saying "violation of international law" --PLEASE. How many inocent people has he killed via drone strikes?
Wouldnt you want to protect Canadian assets if an eastern backed force was trying to take them over? Get yourself educated.
crashed13 3/13/2014 9:55:24 AM Report

One of the G8 members sends troops and the remaining G7 members send a nasty letter.
Anyone want to bet who owns the Crimea a year from now .LOL

Putin wants his USSR back to the glory days.
SLV1931 3/13/2014 10:41:04 AM Report

and what happened with regards to Obama's "thin red line" comment with regards to Assad? What a complete joke.
tannner 3/14/2014 8:25:26 PM Report

@SLV1931:

Protecting Russian military? They entered Crimea on the basis that the ex president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych wanted them there. This goes completely against the general feeling of the Ukrainian citizens though. Hence the public rioting against the president at the government buildings a few weeks ago.

The idea that Russian troops were welcome to enter the Ukraine is completely absurd, the ex president liked the idea, but no citizen.

Keep in mind the 70+ protestors that died February 18th, 19th, and 20th due to Ukrainian militia fighting for the pro-Russian union.
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