Contents tagged with G7

  • G7 Ambassadors urge Poroshenko to allow for smooth transition of power to Zelensky

    Ambassadors from the Group of Seven countries called on the current president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, to ensure a smooth transition of power to his successor, Vladimir Zelensky. The publication Evropeyska Pravda cited a message from the French presidency of the G7 on Twitter when reporting the news.

    “G7 ambassadors met with President Poroshenko today to discuss the progress of ​​reforms during his presidency. They congratulated President Poroshenko on his achievements and exchanged views …

  • Lavrov ‘allows’ Ukrainian Navy ships to pass through the Kerch Strait

    Ukrainian warships can pass through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of ​​Azov without any problems, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview to the TV network “Zvezda”, reported RIA Novosti.

    “As we have said many times, the fact is that Ukrainian warships can pass from the Black Sea to its ports in the Sea of ​​Azov without any problems. The only condition is that the safety standards for traversing the Kerch Strait must be observed,” he said.

    On 25 November last year, Russia  …

  • Germany and France insist on maintaining ‘Normandy format’ talks after elections in Ukraine

    Germany and France insisted on the G-7 group countries to continue their mediating efforts to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. Berlin and Paris consider it necessary to continue negotiations in the Normandy format regarding the future of eastern Ukraine, said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas during the consultations of the foreign ministers of the leading industrial countries which took place in Dinard, France, on Saturday, April 6.

    Maas said that both Germany and France hope for further …

  • G7 ambassadors warn Kyiv of 'extremist movements' in Ukraine

    On 15 March, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov received a letter from Group of Seven (G7) ambassadors, in which they warned him of the activity of “extremist movements” in Ukraine.

    Radio Liberty obtained a copy of two letters drafted by a group of G7 ambassadors in support of reforms in Ukraine. The group comprises of envoys from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.

    In the letter addressed to Avakov, French Ambassador Isabelle Dumont wrote on behalf of her fellow …

  • G7 and World Bank urge Ukraine to reinstate illicit enrichment article of Criminal Code

    The Group of Seven and the World Bank have criticized the Constitutional Court of Ukraine’s decision to revoke article 368-2 of the Criminal Code, which deals with illicit enrichment.

    “The recent elimination of the illicit enrichment offence from the criminal code is a serious setback in the fight against corruption in Ukraine. This has weakened the impact of the whole anti-corruption architecture, including the soon to be established High-Anti-Corruption Court, which was expected to rule on a …

  • France: Russia not excluded from G7

    Jean-Pierre Thébault, Ambassador responsible for the preparation of the French presidency in the G7, said that Paris would happily have Russian return to the G-7 under certain conditions. According to him, Russia’s membership was suspended, not discontinued, therefore there it is likely that the old G8 format will be restored in time for the summit in Biarritz, which will take place in August 2019.

    “Russia had never been excluded from the G8. Russia’s participation was only suspended when …

  • Ukraine may receive $8 billion after IMF program is unblocked

    A new program from the IMF will facilitate Ukraine’s access to funding worth $8 billion, which will help maintain a fairly stable hryvnia exchange rate next year, stated by Anders Aslund, an analyst at an American center, the Atlantic Council in an interview with the Ukrainian service of the Voice of America.

    “Most likely, Ukraine will now receive $2 billion from the IMF, as well as $ 2 billion from the EU and the World Bank. The Ukrainian government can sell Eurobonds for additional $2 …

  • Hungary wants to ease Russian sanctions

    In an interview with the Russian channel RT, Hungarian Prime Minister Péter Szijjártó said that he believes that there is a need to discuss anti-Russian sanctions instead of automatically renewing them.  

    At the same time, the head of the Hungarian diplomacy substantiates his position by the fact that the sanctions are allegedly useless.

     “Let’s analyze the facts, did the sanctions help the European economy or the Russian economy or, conversely, helped to put pressure on the Russian economy, …

  • Italian Ambassador confirms his country's support for Ukraine's territorial integrity

    Davide La Cecilia, Ambassador of Italy to Ukraine, confirmed his country's support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity at all international platforms.

    He made this statement during his meeting with Olena Zerkal, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine on European integration, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.

    The Italian diplomat was invited to this meeting for explanations in connection with statements by the Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini …

  • Ahead of anniversary G7 foreign ministers remind Russia of its role in MH17 air disaster

    The foreign ministries of the Group of Seven (G7) countries have made a statement ahead of the anniversary of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 catastrophe over the Donbas on July 17, 2014. The statement was published by the Canadian Foreign Ministry.

    “We, the G7 foreign ministers, of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in our condemnation, in the strongest possible terms, of the …