Russia Prepping for ‘Full-Scale Invasion,’ - G7 Warns ‘Annexation of Crimea’ Breaks International Pacts
|People talk about developments in Ukraine at a central square next to a statue of Soviet revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 12, 2014.|
Ukraine accused Russia of preparing for a “full-scale invasion” on Wednesday, as the G7 nations warned Moscow that the “annexation of Crimea” would break international agreements.
“In addition to its impact on the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea could have grave implications for the legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all states,” a statement from the G7 countries says. “Should the Russian Federation take such a step, we will take further action, individually and collectively.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper reinforced the message during an address to a business group in Vancouver later in the day.
“All of the G7 countries remain collectively, strongly committed to the view that we will not accept Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea,” he said after returning from Seoul where he had just announced a new free trade deal with South Korea.
The G7 said a Russian takeover of Crimea would violate a number of international agreements and urged Russia to withdraw its troops and offered to mediate talks between Moscow and the Ukrainian government.
Meanwhile, Ukraine and Russia traded barbs Wednesday as Kyiv accused Moscow of conducting a large buildup of troops near their border that raises the threat of an invasion, but Moscow denied that.