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Newsline: G7 top diplomats tell China not to aid Russia

The G-7 nations called on China not to help Russia, including by undermining international sanctions or justifying Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. Beijing should support the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, and not “assist Russia in its war of aggression,” they said Saturday. The G-7 urged China “to desist from engaging in information manipulation, disinformation and other means to legitimize Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.” (https://www.enterprise-journal.com/g7-warn-ukraine-grain-crisis-ask-china-not-aid-russia) The Group of Seven leading economies also warned that the war in Ukraine is stoking a global food and energy crisis that threatens poor countries, and urgent measures are needed to unblock stores of grain that Russia is preventing from leaving Ukraine. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who hosted a meeting of top G-7 diplomats, said the war had become a “global crisis.” Baerbock said up to 50 million people, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, would face hunger in the coming months unless ways are found to release Ukrainian grain, which accounts for a sizeable share of the worldwide supply. In statements released at the end of the three-day meeting on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast, the G-7 pledged to provide further humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable. The grouping, which comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, also reiterated its stance that the territories seized by Russian forces need to be returned to Ukraine.

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