The Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the strategic objective of a free, independent, democratic and sovereign Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders, capable of defending itself and deterring future aggression. at the 2023 NATO Summit seen next to the Main Media Center, in Vilnius, Lithuania, in Vilnius, Lithuania on July 12, 2023.
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The Group of Seven (G7) coalition unveiled a long-term security framework for Ukraine on Wednesday and said it would seek to implement a reform agenda to help provide Kiev with “the good governance necessary to move towards its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.”
“We consider Russia’s unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine to be a threat to international peace and security, a flagrant violation of international law, including the UN Charter, and incompatible with our security interests,” the G7 said. . saying in a joint statement of support.
“We will support Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression, for as long as it takes.”
Earlier in the day, bloc member London said the G7 was expected to agree on Wednesday on a “meaningful international framework for Ukraine’s long-term security” that would “set out how allies will support Ukraine in the coming years to put end the war and deter and respond to any future attack”.
“Supporting his progress on the path to NATO membership, along with formal, multilateral and bilateral agreements and the overwhelming support of NATO members will send a strong signal to President Putin and bring peace back to Europe,” the prime minister said. British minister Rishi Sunak.
The G7’s intentions to provide security guarantees to Ukraine are “misguided and dangerous” as they violate Russia’s security, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments translated by Google on Wednesday. compiled by the Russian state news agency Tass.
The G7 announcement comes after NATO failed to issue an invitation for Ukraine to join the military coalition in its statement on Tuesday, which Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had foreshadowed would include a “strong and positive message about the path to follow” regarding your membership.
“We will be in a position to extend an invitation to Ukraine to join the Alliance when the Allies agree and the conditions are met.” the statement saidnoting that NATO members formalized a “substantial package of expanded political and practical support” and decided to create the NATO-Ukraine Council, where Kiev and its allies will have an equal position in decision-making and consultations.
The communiqué provided little indication of kyiv’s progress towards accession, echoing the 2008 declaration of the NATO summit in Bucharestduring which the allies agreed that Ukraine and Georgia would become members.
Earlier on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had lashed out at the “absurd and unprecedented” lack of a timetable for Ukraine’s membership bid, saying in Comments translated by Google on Telegram that “uncertainty is weakness” and “for Russia, this means motivation to continue its terror.”
He struck a more conciliatory note at a joint news conference with Stoltenberg on Wednesday, saying that “Ukraine understands that it cannot be a member of NATO as long as the war continues” and that “no one is willing to have a world war, which is logical.” “. and understandable.”
Not being a member of NATO, Zelenskyy hailed the prospect of a security framework.
“The best news for Ukraine is to be in NATO. On the way to NATO, we would like to have security guarantees,” he said.
“If today the G7 agrees to the first declaration of guarantees, it will be a very specific issue,” he added. “This is very important, this is going to be a very specific signal [to Russia].”