Comment by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the statement by the G-7 in the context of the Ukrainian crisis
We were deeply puzzled, when we studied the content and the tone of the joint statement by heads of state and government of the G-7 (Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan and United Kingdom), as well as the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission of 26 April 2014.
When our western partners groundlessly accused Russia of non-implementation of the Geneva Statement of 17 April 2014 they also affirmed that Ukraine is making some positive steps. Does the G-7 truly believe that the military operation using Ukrainian troops and special agencies in the eastern regions of the country against their own people, who do not agree to the policy of the current Kiev regime, is a "positive" measure?
The adoption of this statement seems weird against the backdrop of the events, in which the western countries have in fact supported an armed coup d'état in Ukraine, having violated the agreement, which was signed in the presence of high representatives of Poland, Germany and France, which obliged them to start a constitutional reform and only after this to organise elections. The Kiev authorities have not done anything yet to start an inclusive constitutional process with the participation of all the Ukrainian regions, which would contribute to the exit of this country from the most acute political crisis. Such a process would result in the adoption of a written constitution, which would be acceptable to each and all Ukrainian regions, on the basis of which presidential and parliamentary elections could be organised and power could be decentralised.
Our western partners say nothing about gross violations of elementary rights of nationals in Ukraine, such as freedom of speech and freedom of mass media. Almost all Russian TV channels have been removed, journalists are being regularly detained and deported. Ideological successors of the Waffen SS division "Galician" are freely marching in the west of the country.
Only after the insistent appeals of Russia to the OSCE, did its representatives managed to visit the leader of the popular protest movement of the Donetsk Region, Pavel Gubarev, who has been arrested and is being kept in conditions, which are bad for his health. The statement of the G-7 says nothing about the fates of other political detainees, who are kept by the Kiev regime.
The provision of the joint statement about plans to introduce new sanctions against Russia "given the urgency of securing the opportunity for a successful and peaceful democratic vote next month in Ukraine's presidential elections" seems strange. How can there be free expression of will of Ukrainian nationals given the conditions of a military special operation in eastern regions of the country, beating of presidential candidates and massacres in the streets?
We draw the attention of those who compiled this joint statement to the fact that the language of ultimatums is unacceptable for Russia. At the same time, for our part we intend to further contribute to the de-escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. We believe that any violence should be stopped, any extremism should be rejected, illegal armed formations, primarily militants from the Right Sector, who threaten human lives, should be disarmed.
28 April 2014