Foreign ministers from the G7 have united to condemn Russia for behaviour they said undermined international law. The ministers also called on Moscow to help resolve the conflict in Syria and they all agreed to create a working group to study Russia’s “malign behaviour”. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said there were concerns about Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and Syria.
Mr Johnson’s comments to reporters on the margins of a two-day meeting of G7 ministers in Toronto underlined how tensions between Moscow and the West have increased steadily over recent years. American intelligence agencies have said Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election campaign, and Russia has also been blamed for a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain last month.
Mr Johnson said the G7 ministers had agreed on the need to be vigilant about Russia, which denies interfering in the US election and any involvement in the attack in Britain. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who hosted the event, said G7 ministers expressed deep concern about the “despicable” nerve agent attack in Britain and Russia’s efforts to destabilise democracies by meddling in elections.
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