As Tensions Boil, G7 Throws Fresh Sanctions at Russia
Group of Seven nations on Saturday vowed to impose ‘swift’ new sanctions on Russia due to the country’s alleged backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine—ratcheting up tensions and drawing more countries into the war of rhetoric.
The announcement by the G7—which represents some of the world’s biggest economic superpowers—came the day after European military observers in Slavyansk were captured by alleged pro-Russian separatists.
In a statement announcing the sanctions, the UK, U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Canada issued their “strong condemnation of Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Crimea and Sevastopol, which we do not recognize.”
They accuse Russia of failing to comply an agreement reached in Geneva last week for armed groups to lay down their weapons and occupied public spaces to be vacated.
The statement praises the Ukrainian government for acting “with restraint in dealing with the armed bands illegally occupying government buildings and forming illegal checkpoints.”
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