In the statement issued today, the day the three-day meeting ends, the diplomatic chiefs of the G7 countries (the world’s seven largest economies) said they wanted to “accelerate efforts” to “end dependence on Russian energy.”
Diplomatic leaders also demanded that China not “support Russia” in the attack on Ukraine, according to AFP.
The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven began a three-day meeting on Thursday in Germany, the country that currently holds the group’s annual rotating presidency, after they invited their Ukrainian and Moldavian counterparts to participate in the meeting.
In addition to Germany, the Group of Seven (G7) includes Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, and the European Union also participates in the meetings of the group.
Russia launched a military attack on Ukraine on February 24 that killed more than 3,000 civilians, according to the United Nations, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.
The military offensive has caused more than 13 million people to flee, more than 6 million of whom are outside the country, according to the latest United Nations data.
The international community in general condemned the Russian invasion, and responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and tightening economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
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