British minister warns of “severe consequences” for Russia ahead of G7 meeting


The British Foreign Minister, Liz Truss, has warned this Saturday of the “severe consequences” that a military incursion into Ukraine would entail ahead of the meeting of the Group of Seven (G7), which is being held in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

The British Foreign Minister, Liz Truss, will participate this Saturday and Sunday in a meeting with her counterparts from the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy, as well as the European Union.

At the meeting, Truss will encourage G7 member countries to provide more financing to developing countries as an alternative to economic support from China that puts 44 low- and middle-income countries in debt to Beijing “of more than one 10 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) “, as reported by the London Ministry in a statement.

“It would be extremely serious for Russia to take such action,” said the host of the face-to-face meeting of the Group of Seven, according to statements collected by the Russian news agency Sputnik.

Truss has reiterated his position and insisted that “it would be a strategic mistake” for the Kremlin to carry out a new attack on Kiev. He also stressed that “deterring Russia” is among the immediate objectives of the Western allies.

In his opinion, “the G7 meeting is a sign of unity between like-minded economies and we are going to be strong in our position in the face of aggression against Ukraine.”

In this context, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, had a conversation with Truss. In a post on his Twitter profile, he has underlined the importance of a coordinated response to counter Russian aggression on its border with Ukraine, joint work on the global COVID-19 response and other shared challenges.

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At the meeting will be representatives of Australia, India, South Korea and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, although the majority of this second group will participate virtually.

Tension between Russia and Ukraine has recently increased due to the increase in the Russian military presence on the border, an issue that has drawn criticism at the international level.

Biden and his allies have threatened to take “strong” action in response to what they see as a Moscow attack on Ukrainian territory, although Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed NATO for trying to strengthen ties with Kiev, something that would have upset him.

Moscow has stressed the need for Washington to ensure that the military alliance is not made with new members or that weapons systems are deployed to areas near its borders. He has also called NATO “irresponsible” for insisting on its expansion around the Ukrainian border and deploying “threatening weapons” near Russian territory.

The Minsk Accords, signed in September 2014 and February 2015, laid the foundations for a political solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but have so far not led to a cessation of violence. The hostilities have so far left some 13,000 dead, according to United Nations estimates.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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