G7 Ambassadors: We must support Ukraine

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March 1, 2022

Ambassadors of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA and EU in Cairo.

With the military attack on Ukraine, the Russian government is breaking the most basic rules of the international order in a way unprecedented in the eyes of the world.

Today in Ukraine, babies are born in bomb shelters and metro stations. Apartment buildings across Kyiv are scarred with gaping holes caused by rocket attacks. Civilians young and old, men and women, many of whom will never have held a firearm in their lives, volunteer to bravely defend their country against an unlawful and unwarranted invasion, in violation of their country’s sovereignty.

The leaders of the G7 are unanimous on the need to take strong and decisive action against the Putin regime. Our leaders have decided to implement far-reaching sanctions targeting large sectors of the Russian economy. The Russian stock market is already plummeting as panicked investors attempt to transfer money out of the country. This will only increase as we continue to implement the toughest sanctions ever imposed on a major economy. Putin made a major strategic mistake, and the truth on this point will only become clearer.

But today it is not only about the situation in Europe. No country in the world can accept that the sovereignty of others is at stake when its strongest neighbor wants it. The international community cannot accept unjustified violations of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, in particular the prohibition of the use of force. Russia’s attempt to destabilize the international order will also have repercussions for the Middle East and Africa, including Egypt.

Egypt is already suffering from Russian aggression. Egypt is the world’s largest wheat importer and Ukraine is one of the largest suppliers. Today, this vital trade is threatened by an unnecessary war, inflicted on Ukraine by Russia. Russia’s war of aggression means that wheat prices and food prices will rise throughout Egypt and throughout Africa. Millions of Ukrainian tourists, who love and appreciate Egypt and the unique sense of Egyptian warmth and hospitality, will be prevented from coming, which will directly damage Egypt’s tourism industry. This was not supposed to happen.

With regard to the Ukrainian tourists currently stranded in Egypt, we welcome the assistance provided by the Egyptian authorities, until their safe return can be guaranteed.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens the foundations of international peace, stability and the rules-based international world order. UN Secretary General Guterres condemned this violation of the UN Charter in clear terms and called on Russia to stop the attack and withdraw from Ukraine. He made it clear that this is a global crisis affecting all UN member states. UN Secretary General Guterres called Russia’s use of the term “peacekeeping” a “perversion”. And he clearly stated that there is no genocide in eastern Ukraine. There is no evidence to support this Russian misinformation. This war chosen by President Putin breaks the foundations of the United Nations Charter. No member state of the UN can be sure that its borders, its existence will not be called into question tomorrow. Russia does not even claim to act within the framework of the Charter.

What we need now is a clear and unanimous condemnation of this attack by all UN member states in light of its military aggression. We must stand with Ukraine and reiterate our unwavering commitment to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. We are confident that the Egyptian government upholds the same principles of peace, stability and integrity of the rules-based international order. Egypt is a country that rightly prides itself on its consistent foreign policy stance. Since President Nasser, Egypt has championed non-intervention as the founding principle of the modern international order, and has been a staunch supporter of the importance of the UN and a strong adherent to the principles of the UN Charter. . Egyptians know the value of diplomacy and dialogue; they know the honor of defending the rights of others.

The United Nations General Assembly is meeting this week in emergency session to discuss this issue. We look forward to our partners, including Egypt, respecting the fundamental principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

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