War in Ukraine: G7 warns of a global food crisis and calls on China not to help Russia

“We will never recognize the borders that Russia has tried to change through military aggression”

The economic powerhouses of the Group of Seven warned on Saturday that the war in Ukraine is fueling a global food crisis that threatens poor countries, and that urgent action is needed to release grain stocks that Russia is holding in Ukraine.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, whose country holds the G7 presidency this year, said the war had become a “global crisis”.

“Russia’s war of aggression has generated one of the most serious food and energy crises in contemporary history, which now threatens the most vulnerable people around the world,” diplomatic officials said in a statement. released after a three-day meeting in Wangels, northern Germany.

The seven countries (Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan, and United Kingdom) also called on China not to help Russia, in particular by undermining international sanctions or justifying Moscow’s actions by Ukraine.

Beijing should support Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, not ‘help Russia in its war of aggression’, they said, as the group vowed on Saturday to ‘expand economic sanctions’ targeting Moscow to “sectors on which Russia is particularly dependent”.

The G7 urged China “to desist from engaging in manipulation of information, disinformation and other means to legitimize Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine”.

The group also reiterated its position that territories seized by Russian forces should be returned to Ukraine.

“We will never recognize the borders that Russia has attempted to alter through military aggression,” they said, adding, “We will maintain our commitment to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea. (…)”.

At the same time, an announcement of Helsinki’s candidacy for NATO membership is expected on Sunday.