G7 countries and EU warn Russia against any threat or use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, which would have serious consequences, G7 foreign ministers and EU high representative say .
“We warn against any threat or use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. We recall Russia’s obligations under international treaties to which it is a party and which protect us all. Any use by Russia of such weapon would be unacceptable and would result in serious consequences,” they said in a statement posted on the UK government’s website on Thursday.
The G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, as well as the High Representative of the European Union condemned Russia’s unsubstantiated claims and false allegations against Ukraine, a respected member of the Biological Alliance and the Toxin Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention which meets its legal obligations under these implements. They expressed concern about other countries and actors who have amplified Russia’s disinformation campaign.
“We express our deepest concern over Russia’s forcible seizure of control of nuclear facilities and other violent actions related to a number of nuclear facilities, nuclear materials and other radioactive materials, which have caused and continue to pose serious and direct threats to the safety and security of these facilities and their civilian personnel, significantly increasing the risk of a nuclear accident or incident, which endangers the Ukrainian population, the neighboring states and the international community,” they said in the statement.
The officials reiterated their call on Russia to uphold its obligations under international humanitarian law and desist from further gross abuses. Russian leaders must immediately ensure safe, rapid and unimpeded humanitarian access and operate safe passages, allowing humanitarian aid to be delivered to besieged towns and civilians to reach safety, they said.
“We are committed to supporting the Ukrainian government’s humanitarian coordination structure and to rapidly disbursing humanitarian aid. We are calling on others to join this effort. A humanitarian push, including more funding, is urgently needed. urgency for Ukraine and beyond, as the war and Russia’s ruthless actions have massive consequences on global commodity and food prices,” the ministers and high representative said.
They said the resulting increase in food insecurity is felt disproportionately by the most vulnerable.
“We stand in solidarity with our partners around the world who must bear the growing price of President Putin’s unilateral choice to wage war in Europe. We will make consistent use of all instruments and funding mechanisms to fight food insecurity , keeping markets open and building the resilience of the agricultural sector on all continents. We will actively counter the Russian narrative that Western sanctions have caused global food prices to rise and call it out for what it is. : a blatant lie,” they said.