G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting
On April 7, a G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held with participation by Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, during his visit to Belgium. The overview of the meeting is as follows. In addition to the Foreign Ministers of the G7 countries and the H.E. Mr. Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the meeting was attended by H.E. Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as H.E. Mr. Dmytro KULEBA, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in the latter half of the meeting.
- The G7 Foreign Ministers condemned in the strongest terms the atrocities committed by Russian forces in many parts of Ukraine, including Bucha. The G7 Foreign Ministers reiterated their solidarity with the Ukrainian people and expressed their readiness to provide further support. The G7 Foreign Ministers also shared the view that those who committed war crimes should be held accountable and that they would support efforts to investigate and collect evidence, including investigations by the ICC Prosecutor.
- The G7 Foreign Ministers shared the view to enhance humanitarian assistance and called on all countries to cooperate with the increased need for assistance to the Ukrainian people due to Russian aggression. They also reaffirmed the need for humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and other countries, as Russian aggression has had a broad impact on food security and on food prices in countries that depend on Ukrainian agricultural products.
- The G7 Foreign Ministers reaffirmed the need to intensify economic pressure on Russia through sanctions. They also reaffirmed that, in cooperation with other partners in the international community, they would take additional restrictive measures until Russian aggression against Ukraine ceases.
- The G7 Foreign Ministers commended the reception of displaced persons by Ukraine's neighboring countries and reaffirmed the need to enhance international support for these neighboring countries. They also reaffirmed that special consideration should be given to Moldova, which is hosting the largest number of displaced persons by population.
- Minister Hayashi stated that he is shocked and outraged by the current situation in Ukraine, especially the reports of the Bucha massacre. He further stated that he would like to cooperate with the other G7 countries in taking further measures. He stated that Russia had unilaterally declared that it would suspend peace treaty negotiations because of Japan's sanctions against Russia, but Japan would not flinch from such pressure and would continue to steadily implement sanctions. Minister Hayashi continued that Japan has decided to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to neighboring countries, including Ukraine and Moldova, to the total amount of $200 million (an additional $100 million on top of the $100 million already announced). Minister Hayashi stated the importance of addressing the issue of food security both in Ukraine and in other regions. He noted that Japan has also been accepting displaced persons, and that he recently returned from Poland with a group of displaced persons that Japan accepted.