G7 foreign ministers held a meeting in Munich on Saturday, Feb. 18, as a sign of solidarity with Ukraine against Russian aggression on the anniversary of the Russian army's invasion of Ukraine, Ukrinform reports.
The first meeting of G7 top diplomats in 2023 took place on the sidelines of the annual Munich Security Conference. As Japan is heading the G7 this year, it was chaired by Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimas Hayash.
The foreign ministers from the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, as well as the European Union, reaffirmed their determination to continue to support Ukraine.
They agreed to maintain and strengthen sanctions against Russia and called on third parties to stop supporting Russia. The ministers also condemned Russia's ongoing attacks on civilians and critical infrastructure in Ukraine.
The G7 foreign minister reiterated that in turn Ukraine is expected to continue fighting corruption.
"G7 Ambassadors met the Head of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention Novikov and were briefed on anti-corruption policy and legislation. We emphasized the critical importance of tackling corruption, including in the context of increased foreign aid and during Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction," the ambassadors said on Twitter.
The G7 expects that the Ukrainian parliament will soon restore the electronic asset declaration system.
"G7 Ambassadors look forward to rapid restoration of the asset declaration system by the Ukrainian parliament. This will prevent corruption and strengthen public trust in government," the Japanese Presidency of the G7 Ambassadors' Support Group in Kyiv said on Twitter on Friday.
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