Contents tagged with G7

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky urges EU to keep Russia out of G7

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a telephone conversation with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, reports the press service of Ukrainian President.

    "Volodymyr Zelensky called on the European Union to show its determination against Russia's return to the Group of Seven (G7) until the annexation of Crimea and the aggression in the Donbas continue. These are the reasons why Russia was excluded from the G7," reads the message of the Ukrainian President.

    Donald Tusk …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau condemn plan to allow Russia back to G7

    On August 22, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a telephone conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They discussed Russia’s possible return to the G7, reports press-service of the Ukrainian President.

    Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Trudeau for Canada's firm position against Russia's return to the Group of Seven because of the aggression, which continues in the Donbas, as well as the annexation of Crimea.

    "He also noted that in a situation where Ukrainians continue to …

  • 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, …