Ukraine demands meeting with Russia as Kyiv calls for crisis talks with Moscow as Germany’s Scholz heads latest diplomatic push to avert war.
Kyiv has requested an urgent meeting with Russia to discuss Moscow’s massing of troops and military equipment near Ukraine and inside annexed Crimea.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said late on Sunday that Moscow had not responded after Kyiv on Friday made a request via the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), demanding Russia explain its activities. Ukraine is now seeking a meeting with Russia within 48 hours, he said.
Kuleba’s remarks came before renewed diplomatic efforts aimed at preventing a feared Russian invasion, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arriving in the Ukrainian capital on Monday for talks over the crisis with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
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G7 finance ministers issue warning to Moscow
The finance ministers of the G7 group of large Western economies have warned Russia it will face “massive” economic consequences should it invade Ukraine and promised to support the latter’s economy in the event of an attack.
“The ongoing Russian military build-up at Ukraine’s borders is a cause for grave concern. We, the G7 Finance Ministers, underline our readiness to act swiftly and decisively to support the Ukrainian economy,” they wrote in a joint statement.
“Any further military aggression by Russia against Ukraine will be met with a swift, coordinated, and forceful response,” the ministers added, warning Moscow of “economic and financial sanctions which will have massive and immediate consequences on the Russian economy”.
The G7 is comprised of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Russian government has decided to not send a representative to this year’s Munich Security Conference, according to the chair of the event, Wolfgang Ischinger.
The conference, known as “Davos for defense”, begins on Friday and will bring together the world’s defense and security elite.