Leaders of the group of seven believe that the conflict in Ukraine can be solved only by political means, recognise the illegal "annexation" of Crimea, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
in her expressions, the G7 Leaders agreed to toughen penalties against Russia if the situation in Ukraine escalates, but not like this.
Merkel said that the G7 will create a support group in Kiev to assist in the reform and the battle against illegal activities of officials, RIA " Novosti ". In the appeal of the "Big seven" it is reported that both sides in the conflict in Ukraine must follow the rules of the Minsk agreements. Sources at the conference said that the Ukrainian issue should be included in the final communiqu?. On the first day of the week leaders of the countries "Big seven" at the conference in Germany was unanimously in favor of maintaining pressure on the Russian Federation with sanctions. The head of Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also met before the G7 summit and agreed on sanctions against Russia. The President's press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that in the capital of Russia drew attention to the statements of the participants of the summit "the Big seven" on sanctions concerning Russia, but awaiting the official outcome of the meeting. Remember, in Crimea on March 16, 2014 held a referendum on the status of autonomy, more than 96% of participants who were in favor of joining region in Russia. March 21, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on ratification of the agreement on joining of the Crimea and Sevastopol a part of Russia, as well as the decree about formation of the Crimean Federal district.