World’s Most Powerful Nations Vow Not To Recognise Ukraine Border Change

World’s Most Powerful Nations Vow Not To Recognise Ukraine Border Change

Some of the world’s most powerful industrialised nations – the Group of Seven – have declared they will never recognise new borders as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We will never recognise borders Russia has attempted to change by military aggression and will uphold our engagement in the support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea, and all states,” the G7 said in a statement after a meeting of their foreign ministers.

The statement also says the G7 will expand sanctions and keep supplying Ukraine with weapons, AFP reports.

The G7 are Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. The EU also has a seat at the table but is not counted in the seven.

Russia used to be involved but was expelled over the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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More on that phone call from Finland’s president to Vladimir Putin, telling the Russian president about plans to join Nato.

Russian media are reporting Putin’s side of the conversation.

He told Sauli Niinistö that there were currently no threats to Finland’s security and that Finland abandoning its long-standing neutral status would be a mistake.

The change would damage relations between the two countries “which for many years have been built in the spirit of good neighbourliness and partnership cooperation, and were mutually beneficial”.

Moscow described the conversation as “a frank exchange of views”.

We’re hearing that Russia has cut off electricity to Finland. “It is at zero at the moment,” a senior manager at Finland’s national grid told the AFP news agency.

Both sides had warned on Friday that the cut-off would happen because the Russian energy company supplying it was not getting paid.

RAO Nordic – a subsidiary of a Russian energy company – has been buying electricity from the Russian market and bringing it into Finland for years, selling it on to massive power exchange.

The company says it hasn’t been paid for energy sold since 6 May, and so is pulling the plug.

It’s not clear whether these payment issues are connected to Finland’s announced intention to apply to join Nato – something Russia has threatened consequences over – or down to the widespread international financial sanctions levied on Russian companies and businessmen.

Either way, national electricity operator Fingrid says supplies are not in danger and the country will ramp up its own production while buying more energy from Sweden instead.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terekhov, has told the BBC that the Russians have withdrawn from the Kharkiv city area in the direction of the Russian border.

He says that Russian troops had only ever managed to enter a small part of the key north-eastern city once, and were not there for a long time.

“The Russians were constantly shelling Kharkiv because they were staying very close to the city. And due to the efforts of Kharkiv territorial defence and Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Russians have withdrawn out far from the city area in the direction of the Russian border,” he says.

“Now it is calm in Kharkiv and people are gradually coming back to the city. We provide water, gas and electricity supply to all the citizens. However, unfortunately, many residential buildings are destroyed or damaged. So, in the future, we will have to do a huge reconstruction.

“There was no shelling in the city for the last five days. There was only one attempt from Russians to hit the city with a missile rocket near Kharkiv airport, but the missile was eliminated by Ukrainian Air Defence.”

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