After the action by Russian President Vladimir Putin to mobilise reserve forces for the conflict in Ukraine, the Secretary of State of the G7 said that the group will seek more sanctions against Russia.
In a statement, the foreign ministers from the Group of Seven countries expressed their “disappointment by Russia’s purposeful escalation,” which they defined as “including partial mobilisation of reserves and reckless nuclear follies.” in the evening of Wednesday.
Following a meeting that took place on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, the members of the Group of Seven (G7) said that they will “pursue more targeted sanctions and pledge to continuing economic and political pressure on Russia.”
According to the head of the European Union’s foreign policy, “we will investigate, and we will impose, additional restrictive measures, both individual and sectorial.” After having a meeting with his European colleagues earlier on Wednesday, Josep Borrell, who was present at the meeting, spoke to the media present.
G7 ministers from Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, as well as the top diplomat for the European Union, all condemned the plan to hold a “fake referendum on the sovereign territory of Ukraine” in the occupied Donbas. This plan was also condemned by the European Union.
A promise that the ministers made at the beginning of September to “finish the remaining preliminary procedures” for the introduction of a price ceiling on Russian oil was reaffirmed by the ministers.
In addition, they demanded that Russia “give authority back” to the nuclear power reactors in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region, which had been the focus of attacks in recent weeks.