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Barbach: The G7 agrees to deal with Russia, China and Iran

The crisis in Ukraine and relations with China have been at the forefront of two days of G7 foreign ministers’ discussions in Liverpool. According to German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbach, the foreign ministers agreed on common policies regarding Russia, China and Iran. On Saturday, after consultations in Liverpool, the G7 nations agreed that there could be no border change in Europe.

“Crossing this border will have enormous political and economic consequences,” a clear general position, the German foreign minister said. Barbaugh stressed that the G7 as a team “does not act against one, but sustains something”. This collaboration is based on the values ​​of democracy, the rule of law and human rights, and the general understanding of the global economy interested in fair world trade and fair cooperation. Earlier in the year, Germany would take over from Great Britain as head of the G7, which includes France and the United States, Italy, Japan and Canada.

“China is a partner in all global issues that concern us around the world, but also competitors and computer competitors,” Barbaugh said of the unanimous agreement in that round. One wants to achieve cooperation with China under reasonable conditions and above all with respect for human rights.

At the beginning of the talks, the United States and Great Britain expressed their concern about the deployment of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine. The foreign ministers of the two countries, Anthony Blinken and Elizabeth Truss, said that any intrusion into Russia’s Ukrainian border would be “a strategic mistake” and would have “serious consequences.”

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Blingen and Truss held separate talks with the new German foreign minister. At their meeting, Barbach and Truss underscored the importance of safeguarding and expanding democracy and freedom in the world, the London Ministry said. At the same time, it is a matter of opposing “authoritarian regimes that endanger the free world.” At the beginning of the meeting, Truss stressed with ministers on Saturday: “We must defend ourselves against the growing dangers posed by hostile actors, and we must stand together against the invaders who want to restrict freedom and democracy.” To achieve this, the G7 nations need to speak more with one voice.

Tensions between the West and the East are currently high due to the crisis in Ukraine. The government in Kiev accuses Russia of concentrating tens of thousands of troops on the border and preparing for a major offensive. Russia has denied this and accuses Ukraine and the United States of destabilizing the region for its part. At the same time, the government in Moscow is demanding security guarantees. For example, NATO should withdraw its promise to Georgia and Ukraine that both countries will be included in the Atlantic Alliance for a long time.

The G7 continues to be concerned about the Iranian nuclear program. The revival of the 2015 nuclear deal is currently being negotiated again in Vienna. Blingen & Truss called on the government in Tehran to take serious action to ensure the resumption of the agreement, which was unilaterally suspended by the United States under then-President Donald Trump in 2018. Then Trump imposed new sanctions. Iran is now making the lifting of sanctions a prerequisite for renewing its nuclear deal.

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Barbach said the Iranians’ offer signaled a six-month delay in the talks. Iran has lost hope. Nevertheless, the diplomatic solution is working at full speed. In Liverpool, however, the demand for Iran to act and return to the old negotiating position has also become clear. The German Green politician insisted: “We have no time at this point.”

Diplomatic events announced by the United States and Australia for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing are also expected to take place in Liverpool. The federal government is working for a European solution.