Canadian FM says her country position on Russia rejoining G7 “very clear”

WASHINGTON, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland stressed Thursday that the Russia “grossly violated international law by invading and annexing Crimea and added to that with the continued war in the Donbas,” in Ukraine.

In a joint press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Ottawa, Canada, Freeland was asked about the idea of Russia joining again the G7, in which she responded “that is an issue that Canada has a very clear position on and that I personally have a very clear position on”.

She noted “the G7 community of nations extending a hand to a democratizing, reforming Russia and saying the doors are open to you to join this important, I would say essential, group of likeminded nations”.

She added “then Russia grossly violated international law by invading and annexing Crimea and added to that with the continued war in the Donbas. This was an incredibly serious step”.

“Russia’s violation of international law is something we cannot allow to stand, and that is why Russia was expelled from the G7, because of that action,” she stressed.

She affirmed “I think all of us would be delighted to welcome a Russia which sought again to be a member in good standing of our like-minded group of countries, a group of countries committed to the rule of law, a group of countries committed to democracy”.

“The way for Russia to show that it wants to do that is to leave Crimea and to end the war in the Donbas. It’s very simple,” she remarked.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said that it is “much more appropriate” to have Russia in the G7 and that it should be the G8.

Russia was expelled from the G8 in 2014 following the annexation of Crimea after which the club reverted back to being the G7 comprised solely of democratic open economies.

Source: Kuwait News Agency