Britain seeks G7 ‘show of unity’ against Russia over Ukraine crisis

British Foreign Minister Liz Truss and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wearing face masks to fight the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pose for a photo ahead of a bilateral meeting ahead of the ministers’ summit. G7 Foreign Affairs in Liverpool, Great Britain, December 10, 2021. Olivier Douliery / Pool via REUTERS

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LIVERPOOL, England, December 11 (Reuters) – The world’s richest democracies will seek to present a united front against Russian aggression against Ukraine on Saturday when Britain hosts a meeting of foreign ministers in Liverpool, in the north of England.

The G7 meeting, which US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his counterparts from France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada are attending in person, comes as the international community fears Russia is invade Ukraine. Russia denies planning an attack.

“What we must do is dissuade Russia from adopting this course of action,” British Foreign Minister Liz Truss told reporters ahead of the talks.

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“The G7 meeting this weekend … is a demonstration of unity among big, like-minded economies, that we are absolutely going to be firm in our stance against aggression, against aggression vis-à-vis from Ukraine. “

Ukraine is at the center of a crisis in East-West relations as it accuses Russia of assembling tens of thousands of troops for a possible large-scale military offensive.

Russia accuses Ukraine and the United States of destabilizing behavior and has said it needs security guarantees for its own protection.

AGE OF INTROSPECTION

Britain, as the current president of the G7, calls on its members to be more vocal in their defense of what it calls “the free world”.

Earlier this week, Truss said the “era of soul-searching” for the West is over and he needs to realize the dangers of rival ideologies. She highlighted the economic risks of Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and the broader security threat posed by Chinese technology as examples.

The G7 meeting should also result in a joint appeal to Iran to moderate its nuclear program and seize the opportunity of the talks underway in Vienna to relaunch a multilateral agreement on its nuclear development. Read more

Germany, which succeeds Britain as the G7 leader next year, is expected to present its program for 2022 at the meeting. Ministers from the European Union, Australia, South Korea and India will attend some sessions as guests of the G7, as well as representatives from the Association of South Asian Nations. South East (ASEAN).

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Reporting by William James, Humeyra Pamuk and Alexander Ratz; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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