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G7 ministers call on China to press Russia to stop aggression in Ukraine

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G7 ministers call on China to press Russia to stop aggression in Ukraine

The joint statement, released on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, comes as top diplomat Wang Yi makes a four-day visit to RussiaBoth nations are expected to pledge deeper political ties, with a possible visit by President Vladimir Putin to Beijing on the horizon.Ukraine warReutersPublished: 5:05am, 20 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

The Group of Seven (G7) on Tuesday called on China to press Russia to stop its aggression in Ukraine after foreign ministers of the bloc met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly and released a joint statement.

The statement, released by the foreign ministry of G7 chair Japan, said the members hoped China would push for the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine.

The statement comes as China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, visits Russia for a four-day trip during which both nations are expected to pledge deeper political ties, with a possible visit by President Vladimir Putin to Beijing on the horizon.

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The G7 members also welcomed China’s participation in the Ukraine-led meeting in Jeddah and “further encouraged China to support a just and lasting peace, including through its direct dialogue with Ukraine,” the statement said.

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