Statement from the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the G7 member states on Russia-Ukraine of 19 February
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Statement from the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the G7 member states on Russia-Ukraine of 19 February

We, the chairpersons of the parliamentary foreign and international affairs committees of the G7, are deeply concerned about persistent tensions involving Russia and Ukraine and threats to the peace, security and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We strongly condemn any attempt by any country to change the status quo by coercion or the threat of force.

We urge the Government of Russia to exercise the utmost restraint and to abstain from the exercise of military action or operations in or against Ukraine. Any further invasion by Russia of Ukraine must be met by swift and severe sanctions.

We also urge the Government of Russia to avoid all initiatives aimed at the acknowledgment of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, which would imply a very serious violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

We call on the international community, our governments, the Government of Russia and the Government of Ukraine to continue to engage in dialogue and to use all diplomatic options to arrive at a peaceful resolution of this crisis.

Sven Spengemann MP
Chair, Foreign Affairs & International Development Committee Canada  
David McAllister MEP
Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs European Union
Jean-Louis Bourlanges
Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee France  
Michael Roth MdB
Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee Germany
Piero Fassino
Chair, Foreign and EU Affairs Committee Italy
Minoru Kiuchi
Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives Japan  
Tom Tugendhat MP
Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee United Kingdom
Senator Bob Menendez
Chair, Senate Foreign Relations Committee United States of America