The G7 foreign ministers are meeting today and tomorrow in Liverpool, in the north of England, to show a united front against the “global threats” and to discuss, in particular, Russia, whose military training on the border with Ukraine is a matter of concern.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Tras, whose country holds the rotating G7 presidency, will urge her counterparts to “show a united front against malicious behavior – including Russia’s stance on Ukraine” and to commit to security and the provision of financial support to defend the ‘borders of freedom’ in the world “.
For weeks now, NATO, the US and Europeans have been accusing Russia of wanting to invade Ukraine, something Moscow denies.
Lis Trass, who replaced Dominique Raab at the Foreign Ministry in September, warned Russia on Wednesday that it would make “a strategic mistake” if it invaded Ukraine.
Her remarks echo those of US President Joe Biden, who had earlier “informed” his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Moscow would face “strong sanctions, including economic sanctions” in the event of a military escalation in Ukraine.
In addition to this sensitive issue, the Foreign Ministers of Germany, Canada, the USA, France, Italy, Japan and Britain will discuss the ongoing crises in the world, especially in Myanmar where on February 1 the army overthrew the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
The G7 foreign ministers are also expected to urge Iran to halt nuclear escalation and return to the 2015 international agreement on its nuclear program.
“This weekend, the most influential democracies in the world will take a stand against the aggressors who are trying to undermine freedom and send the clear message that we will show a united front,” Tra said.
“I want the G7 countries to deepen their ties in areas such as trade, investment, technology and security so that we can defend and promote freedom and democracy around the world,” he added.
This is the second live meeting of G7 foreign ministers this year, following a meeting in London in May.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken arrived in Liverpool on Friday, where he met with Tras, as well as with the new German Foreign Minister, Analena Berbock. After the G7, Blinken will travel to Southeast Asia, on a tour that aims to highlight the importance of the Indian and Pacific region in US strategy against China.
Over the weekend, Tra will participate in bilateral meetings with its G7 and EU counterparts. South Korea and Australia will participate in the meeting as “guests”, while other countries will also participate online.