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G-7 Leaders Issue Joint Statement Condemning Russia's Ukraine Violation

The G-7 leaders issued a joint statement last night in response to the Russian violation in Ukraine:

CrimeaWe, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, join together today to condemn the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter and its 1997 basing agreement with Ukraine.  We call on Russia to address any ongoing security or human rights concerns that it has with Ukraine through direct negotiations, and/or via international observation or mediation under the auspices of the UN or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  We stand ready to assist with these efforts.

We also call on all parties concerned to behave with the greatest extent of self-restraint and responsibility, and to decrease the tensions.

We note that Russia’s actions in Ukraine also contravene the principles and values on which the G-7 and the G-8 operate.  As such, we have decided for the time being to suspend our participation in activities associated with the preparation of the scheduled G-8 Summit in Sochi in June, until the environment comes back where the G-8 is able to have meaningful discussion.

We are united in supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its right to choose its own future.  We commit ourselves to support Ukraine in its efforts to restore unity, stability, and political and economic health to the country.  To that end, we will support Ukraine’s work with the International Monetary Fund to negotiate a new program and to implement needed reforms.  IMF support will be critical in unlocking additional assistance from the World Bank, other international financial institutions, the EU, and bilateral sources.

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  1. Unfortunately, the US can't say much because of what we did in Iraq.

    Posted by: Steve Talbert | Mar 3, 2014 10:31:20 AM

  2. Actions speak louder than words, and regrettably it appears that the G7 is all words with no action. Do they really think Russia cares one iota about what they feel and think?

    Posted by: Keith | Mar 3, 2014 10:53:09 AM

  3. The G-7 can and will go further. They will probably vote to move the upcoming conference to another location, instead of Russia. They will probably vote to expel Russia from the G-8 entirely.

    @Steve. What an uninformed response. First of all, the US is saying a lot and will lead UN, NATO, and global allies in a firm response to the Russian aggression. Secondly, we didn't invade Iraq to install a permanent US military presence. Thirdly, we didn't make any move to annex Iraq into the United States. While I don't approve of the US involvement in Iraq, it's naive to compare these two.

    A more appropriate analogy would be if the US invaded Nova Scotia under the pretext of protecting the Americans and English-speaking people who live there.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Mar 3, 2014 11:04:36 AM

  4. @ steve

    apples & oranges

    the current administration is not the 1 that attacked Iraq + Obama always was against Iraq invasion and voted against it

    please no false equivalencies

    Posted by: Moz's | Mar 3, 2014 11:12:46 AM

  5. Actually, there is accuracy in calling out US hypocrisy. The US has ignored international law to accomplish its goals. Do you think drone warfare is legal? It's not. Do you think torture is legal? It's not.

    Obviously, Russia is wrong to invade Ukraine. But pretending that the United States hasn't made similar moves is inaccurate:

    Approval support of mass murder in Argentina & Chile (Nixon)
    US Invasion of Grenada (Reagan)
    Us Invasion of Panama (Bush I)
    Iraq War (Bush II)
    Drone warfare (Obama)
    Torture (physical, psychological, and sexual) (Bush I & Obama)
    Execution/Assassination of American Citizens (Obama)

    The reality is that we live in an age of empires. Empires do horrible things to maintain and increase their power, influence, and control. Unfortunately, all sides have dirty, bloody hands.

    Again, Putin is a jerk. There is real fear for ethnic Tartars, who are Muslim and fear oppression under Russian rule.

    The flip side of Putin's move is that more former Soviet republics will want to be part of NATO and the EU to ensure their independence. So, there's that.

    Posted by: Ace | Mar 3, 2014 11:41:47 AM

  6. Putin's rolling all sixes on this Risk board.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 3, 2014 11:48:28 AM

  7. ACE:
    You missed one:
    afghanistan war (Bush II)
    Just like in Iraq, it is a mess there.
    Even Obama is going to give up his "nation building" plan and flee. It is a lost cause.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 3, 2014 12:49:44 PM

  8. In an ideal scenario the U.S. would align themselves militarily with Ukraine and defend their sovereignty AND THEN invade Russia to end Putin's dictatorship and free the gay people!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 3, 2014 12:53:03 PM

  9. It is also doubtful how effective is sanction on such a large country. Western Europe may not be willing to go along since they depend on Russia for energy. In addition, they always have China to trade with.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 3, 2014 1:27:27 PM

  10. Anyone who thinks Russia under any President, Putin or otherwise, is going to just let Crimea fall under NATO control is fooling themselves. The Crimea is too important strategically to Russia for the bases in the Crimea to become NATO bases which is a distinct possibility if Ukraine joins the EU. NATO, along with Japan and Korea in Asia, is attempting to build a containment around Russia. If you read non-American news sources over time, that becomes quite obvious.

    NATO should have stopped existing in the 90's when the Soviet Union collapsed. Our institutions world wide are still set up like there is still a Cold War going on for the most part. The United States and our European and Asian allies should have transitioned from bipolar organization of the world to a multi-polar world that would further the causes of liberalization and the spread of social democracy. Instead after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. pushed for a unipolar world that attempted to treat all other nations as semi-vassal states. There is still time to transition to a more multi-polar model but there seems to be no will for such a thing inside the Beltway in DC.

    Posted by: Jason Young | Mar 3, 2014 1:57:38 PM

  11. Romney was right on Russia.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Mar 3, 2014 3:30:02 PM

  12. But Romney was wrong on one most important thing. He thought he was winning up till the last moment.
    When you talk about a lot of things, you got to get a few things right by chance.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 3, 2014 5:55:28 PM

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